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When I’ve written about Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation open records law, I’ve emphasized that access to those documents is not a media privilege. The right to inspect public records and take copies...
A York County judge has called out county solicitors' practice of withholding material from the state Office of Open Records during Right-to-Know Law disputes, calling it a "disturbing trend." Common...
The Georgia General Assembly is considering changing some of the rules that govern the state’s hospitals. Specifically, lawmakers are looking at requirements for hospitals which operate under a...
A new bill being heard in the Colorado Senate may increase the media and public’s access to police communication. The bill, Radio Communications Policies Of Gov Entities, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van...
MONTGOMERY — An Alabama lawmaker wants the state’s more than 100 licensing boards, the groups that regulate professionals from contractors to medical personnel, to provide public accountings of their...
City of Tacoma department heads will get court-ordered public records training after a recent ruling in a lawsuit against the city. Public records activist Arthur West sued the city in 2016, arguing...
In the basement of Worcester City Hall, behind a heavy locked door embellished with the name of the Mosler Safe Co., Hamilton, Ohio, lies a multiroom trove of records chronicling the births, marriages...
In an effort to promote transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature, a state representative has introduced a bill that would required the House of Representatives and the Senate to follow the Open...
In a win for right-to-know advocates, the public and journalists, the state Freedom of Information Commission has ruled the state police broke open record laws when the agency denied a request by the...
For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 (02/12/2020) The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition and the Nevada Coalition for Open...
The National Freedom of Information Coalition is pleased to announce the publication of its latest white paper, “Blueprint to Transparency: Non-compliance and Lack of Enforcement of Open Records Laws...
For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Frank LoMonte Executive Director, NFOIC Executive Director, Brechner Center dbevarly@nfoic.org flomonte@ufl.edu 352-294-7082 352-392-2273 Do you have...
Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis have filed three separate bills aimed at strengthening the state’s public records law, which is used by journalists, attorneys, inmates and other members of the...
The Hamilton County Attorney's Office destroyed 98% of records requested by the Times Free Press, amid a disagreement over reasonable charges. The fight for the records, which were requested six...
The federal judiciary charges 10 cents per page to pull up court files from its online record repository. The fees can add up quickly, and users must consider whether each click to view a public...