If Bill Is Passed, Parliament Commissions Could Become More Open ({{commentsTotal}})

The Constitutional Committee has proposed amendments to legislation which would allow committees themselves to select the level of secrecy they use to classify their meetings.

Meetings of committees have been recorded for years, but the public and other state agencies have been denied access to the records. A new amendment would allow each committee to decide whether or not minutes from meetings will be published, and change the decision for a given set of minutes at any time, Delfi reported on Sunday.

Other restrictions, such as the Chatham House rule, and a ban on recording meetings where state secrets or classified information is handled, would be left in place. 

The Constitutional Committee would receive a new name, the Constitutional and Human Rights Committee.