Meant to link to this last week, but Heath Haussaman has a wonderful post online on opening conference committees:
The truth is that public scrutiny of conference committees would make the job of lawmakers much more difficult. Their decisions would be questioned. They would be challenged to act in a more ethical manner.
A wise watcher of the Legislature said to me today that there’s no good argument against open government, so if you oppose it, the only thing you can do is change the subject.
That’s what those who opposed opening the secret meetings spent much of their time doing Thursday evening.
Check the whole thing.