Smith Receives Open Government Award
The Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI), today honored Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) with a Sunshine Award for his commitment and work to strengthen open government and make more information available to the public.
"I want to thank SGI for this honor," said Congressman Smith. "The ability to obtain records from the government is one of the fundamental rights of the American people."
"Each recipient contributes significantly to the public's understanding of open government laws and serves in government making current, concrete and oftentimes unrecognized contributions to protecting or strengthening open government," SGI said.
SGI presented the award to Smith and four other Members of Congress. This is the first time that SGI has given this award.
"The public should have the opportunity to obtain information quickly and easily from the federal government and I will continue to work for that result," said Smith.