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BOSTON — A provision buried deep in Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed budget would limit access to birth and death certificates in Massachusetts. If approved, individuals would be able to obtain their own...
Ginger McCall’s parting gift to Oregon was a crash course in the importance of independence. McCall, Oregon’s first public records advocate, resigned last year after just 18 months on the job, citing...
JEFFERSON CITY — In 2017, a prisoner in Farmington Correctional Center wrote to the state auditor’s office. The handwritten letter made a formal request for records related to the prison’s medical...
“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” —George Orwell The collapse of local news reporting in communities across California and the rest of the country is...
If you wander around the Washington state Capitol this year, you’ll see fresh messages posted outside many legislators’ offices. “No paper, please,” read some of the new flyers. “We are going...
As the Colorado Press Association prepared to meet Jan. 17, a Colorado judicial branch committee had a scheduled — ironically closed-door — meeting to consider a new rule on the sealing of criminal...
ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo — The mother of the man shot and killed while he was walking home from the Dry Creek light rail station more than a decade ago said he was targeted by the perpetrators in part...
A set of proposed disciplinary guidelines for the South Bend Police Department has support from some community activists and the local police union in part because they say the punishment for...
When I talk with citizen groups in Tennessee about open government, people tell me they want more information about what their government is doing, not less. An informed citizenry results in better...
A clash over the public’s right to see how Virginia courts are run is sparking a challenge to one of the basics of American politics: the checks and balances of the three branches of government...
The Washington state Legislature re-convened this week as a full government body, starting off the 2020 legislative session. The Reflector sent out a list of questions to local lawmakers to get an...
The Loveland Police Department quietly encrypted its radio traffic in October, the latest in a growing trend of law enforcement agencies in the region making their scanners inaccessible to the public...
For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 NFOIC reveals pilot project results looking at 2019 state transparency bills nationwide The...
There are people in general — and politicians and bureaucrats in specific — who think the Sunshine and Open Records laws don’t apply to them. We would like to think it is just a lack of education...
If the public is to see the personnel records of two Lexington County sheriff’s deputies involved in a controversial death investigation, Sheriff Jay Koon says access to those public documents will...