Editorial by Jonathan D. Jones: Government transparency is being lost in N.C.

As the General Assembly concludes its business for the year, it is time to take stock of changes made to North Carolina's sunshine laws.

So far lawmakers have approved, and Gov. Pat McCrory has signed, seven new exemptions to the Public Records Law. Three more lurk in the recently finalized budget bill.  Continue>>>



Changes to Indian Trail public records policy raises questions

From wsoctv.com: INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Proposed changes to the public records policy in Indian Trail are raising questions about government transparency.

Tuesday evening, the Town Council will vote on the proposal, which civil rights experts said could limit citizens’ access to information.


Under the new policy, residents would have to prepay a 75 percent deposit for any records requests that could exceed $100.


Only one law enforcement agency fully complies with public records request

From Port City Daily:

One week after Port City Daily sent public records requests to five municipal law enforcement agencies, only one agency fully complied with the public records request.

On Friday, March 8, Port City Daily sent a public records request to Wilmington, Leland, Wrightsville Beach, Surf City and Carolina Beach police departments.


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."


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.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 14, 2012

A 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:

Indiana jail records coming to smartphones