Bill would hide Maine state workers’ names

Posted April 10, 2009, at 10:27 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:26 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill before Maine lawmakers would block the names of people listed on a Web site that enables the public to search the state budget by category or employee.

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Lisa Marrache, a Waterville Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would limit information on the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s Web site, MaineOpenGov.org. The Web site won praise by the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition, which promotes open government.

Marrache’s bill says salary information relating to an individual state, county, municipal, school, University of Maine System, Maine Community College System or Maine Maritime Academy employee would be confidential. Marrache told the Kennebec Journal she’s gotten complaints from several state employees about the Web site.

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