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MADISON - Lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors Tuesday and they — and the public — don't know why. In what is likely an unprecedented move, the Legislature's finance committee is gathering in a...
Sometimes local elected officials complain that cities and counties are required to comply with Sunshine Law mandates from the state but the General Assembly exempts itself from those same...
Ginger McCall, Oregon’s public records advocate, recently asked a variety of state and local government agencies to share information regarding the public records requests they received in 2018. While...
News Release For Immediate Release - August 16, 2019 Contact: Daniel Bevarly, Executive Director National Freedom of Information Coalition dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 State and local public...
Since the city of New Orleans opened its Real-Time Crime Monitoring Center in late 2017 — putting dozens, and eventually hundreds, of surveillance cameras online across the city monitoring street...
News Release For Immediate Release - August 15, 2019 Contact: Daniel Bevarly, Executive Director National Freedom of Information Coalition dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 The National Freedom of...
DENVER -- Last month, the Denver Police Department joined dozens of other agencies around Colorado and across the country when it encrypted its radios, blocking the public from being able to listen in...
Transparency. Accountability. These are essential to maintaining any free, elected government. Reviewing public records is one of the most effective ways to ensure your local government is functioning...
PORTSMOUTH City officials say they’re being attacked regularly by internet fraudsters, and to guard their workplace, they want to make it harder for potential offenders to access public information....
PROVIDENCE — A freedom-of-information coalition in Rhode Island is raising red flags over the “blanket” secrecy Attorney General Peter Neronha promised the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence in a...
Ever wonder who owns the empty house at the end of the block? Or whether the water in your child’s school has been tested for lead – and what those results are? Or whether your neighbor has ever been...
Our political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought to...
Charlottesville officials are reviewing an administrative policy to standardize responses and charges for open records requests. In its current form, the proposed policy would charge requesters in 15...
Minnesota’s judicial branch is pulling the plug on an ambitious software project that would have given the public remote online access to court records statewide. The project, approved in 2017 and...
LEADVILLE — After a week filled with pushback from water managers and users, especially on the Western Slope, the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board has decided to hold upcoming...