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Wednesday, January 09, 2008


From the start of their rally here Tuesday, a small group pushing to open the General Assembly to more public scrutiny made sure they were both seen and heard.

Legislators, staffers, lobbyists, the media and the public -- all packed into Legislative Hall for the opening of the second half of the 144th General Assembly -- couldn't miss the protesters' fluorescent, lime-green T-shirts and matching buttons. They sported the message "Open Our General Assembly -- OOGA! OOGA! OOGA!"

Specifically, Delawareans For Open Government want legislators to pass Senate Bill 4, which would end the General Assembly's exemption from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The only protester without a green shirt -- any shirt, actually -- was Jason Scott of Middletown.

Before coming inside, Scott took advantage of the unseasonably warm day by letting other protesters sign their names and write sentiments of support on his chest and back. Because the General Assembly isn't a public body, Scott figured he'd become his own "public body." Get it?

"It's an absurd protest, but it's also an absurd notion that the General Assembly doesn't consider itself a public body," Scott said.

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