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L.A. reaches settlement with First Amendment Coalition over retaining public records

September 21, 2017 2:39 PM

A legal battle over records tied to former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge has ended with the city reaching an agreement on retaining city documents. Read more »

A Colorado County Took Its Sex-Offender List Offline

September 21, 2017 1:37 PM

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Nonprofit group files records request for info about Florida online voter registration

September 21, 2017 8:53 AM
A non-profit voter rights advocacy group, Access Democracy, founded by two veterans of Democratic politics, Hannah Fried and Alexis Prieur L’Heureux, has requested records related to online voter registration from the state of Florida. Read more...

Coalition urges caution before sealing criminal records

September 20, 2017 12:35 PM

The D.C. Open Government Coalition shares Mayor Muriel Bowser’s and Councilmember David Grosso’s desires to help D.C. residents move forward to lead successful lives after past arrests or convictions. But simply removing official proceedings from public view is not the answer. The mayor's goal is laudable, but these proposals as outlined are misguided, and would do more harm than good. We ask that the Mayor and the Council proceed cautiously and consider some of the unanticipated consequences of broad sealing after hearing from various stakeholders. Read more »

Arkansas judge says state must disclose execution drug information

September 20, 2017 10:48 AM
Arkansas' intent to shield much of its execution procedure from public view took another hit Tuesday when a second judge ruled that the state's prison system must disclose labels that will identify the manufacturer of a lethal injection drug.

IL AG: Waukegan violated law in denying FOIA request about District 60 superintendent's missing file

September 19, 2017 4:01 PM

Waukegan city officials violated the state's open records law by withholding a police report concerning Waukegan District 60 superintendent's missing personnel file, the Illinois Attorney General's office ruled September 18. Read more...

Senate Passes OPEN Government Data Act

September 19, 2017 9:12 AM

Senate passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, championed by Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on September 18. Read more...

House goes to court to protect secrecy of records

September 18, 2017 6:03 PM

The House of Representatives is taking legal action to make sure that federal agencies don’t release congressional records to the public through the Freedom of Information Act. Read more »


Multiple States try to block access to public records

September 18, 2017 2:21 PM

In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations. Read more »

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