Sunshine Week a dark time this year

From TheCabin.net:

Thank goodness the legislators across the state let us know they support Arkansas’ vanguard Freedom of Information Act. Routinely, they begin conversations saying, “I support the Freedom of Information Act.” If a “but” follows that opening clause, well, at least we know where they stand about the people’s right to know what their government is doing.

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Therese D. Hayt: Ohio’s public records law is facing new restrictions

From CantonRep.com:

Last week, we celebrated Sunshine Week, the annual observance of the importance of access to public information and what it means to you and our community.

We published several guest columns from representatives of various media organizations around the country and our state. Each one spelled out why public records belong to you, the taxpayer.

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Shining a light on FOIA practices

From Project On Government Oversight (POGO):

In celebration of Sunshine Week, a number of organizations released Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reviews. These reviews, conducted by National Security Archives, the Center for Effective Government, Cause of Action, Associated Press, and OpenTheGovernment.org, indicate how agencies measure up when it comes to providing the public with information.

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Sunshine Week, Clery Act promote public information access

From The Daily Reveille:

Last week was Sunshine Week, a week created by the American Society of News Editors to promote access to public information for private citizens, according to the Sunshine Week website.

One initiative of the week is to make sure campus police publish an annual security report, have a public crime log and issue timely warnings in instances of emergency, according to the Clery Act.

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