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Lori Bush: Sunshine Week in Cary

From CaryCitizen:

Cary, NC – Sunshine Week (March 10-16, 2013) is a national initiative with the goal to both celebrate and focus on government transparency, open government and improving your access to government information.

The term “sunshine” comes from a quote from Justice Louis Brandeis (of Brandeis University fame) who, in 1913 wrote, "…sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."

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Sunshine Week reminds us why people should have access to information

Editorial from StarNewsOnline.com:

In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be a need for “Sunshine Week,” which celebrates the right of the people to watch their government in action. That includes free access to meetings and documents that discuss the public’s business. An accessible government is a keystone of our democracy.

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NC Sen. Goolsby wants to strengthen open meetings, public records laws with jail time for violators

From PortCityDaily.com:

Saying government employees and bureaucrats can “break the law with impunity” when it comes the state’s open meetings and public records laws, Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Wilmington Republican and trial attorney, wants to give the law some teeth.

And by teeth he means up to 20 days in jail.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 2, 2012

image of AccessA few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

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