Compilation: How local governments thwart open-records laws and keep vital information from the public.

In dozens of U.S. cities and states, the rights to publish state and local laws don’t belong to the people or the governments. They belong to private contractors.  (Read more…)

A federal law has been interpreted by many state governments and state courts to allow their agencies to keep secret studies, surveys and other data about dangerous roads, bridges and intersections if there is even a remote possibility that someone might one day sue the government for failing to make needed redesigns or repairs. (Read more…)

Under what circumstances should footage from police body and dashboard cameras be made public, and how much? (Read more…)