Ensuring open meetings and enhancing police transparency top coalitions’ policy priorities

The National Freedom of Information Coalition, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, surveyed and questioned its state and local affiliates in the Winter and Spring of 2021 to obtain each affiliate’s top policy priorities and top perceived threats to transparency.

The NFOIC released some results of its online survey in its “States of Denial” report, published March 15, 2021, at the beginning of Sunshine Week. (A copy of “States of Denial” is available for download here.) The “States of Denial” report, published for widespread readership, identified threats to transparency and open records laws, and summarized the work of member coalitions. 

The survey results presented in the “2021 Transparency Policy Priorities” provide greater details of the state and local coalitions’ priorities and areas of concern, regarding policies and the state of transparency laws. Together, the coalitions’ stated priorities and their identified threats illustrate where the member coalitions focus their efforts and resources.