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Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler is breaking the law whenever he and KCSO employees fulfill public records requests, Tennessee Coalition of Open Government Executive Director Deborah Fisher said...
WESTMINSTER — Attorney General Maura Healey's Office has determined that the Westminster Police Chief Screening Committee was in violation of Open Meeting Law for discussing certain issues during...
DERBY — City officials have promised to prepare a new written policy on how staffers comply with record requests, and to compel city workers to participate in an open government training session over...
CARSON CITY — An overhaul of state law governing public access to official records was rescued from near-defeat in a Senate committee late Friday, as amendments toning down its toughest provisions won...
Just because a record held by local government is considered exempt from the state's Open Records Act does not mean that record cannot be released. To say it another way, even if the document is...
CAPITAL REGION -- For about the last five years or so it had been the policy of the Gloversville Police Department to release a digital mugshot -- a photo of the accused -- with nearly every arrest...
The head of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government said Thursday the 111th state General Assembly “did no harm” to government transparency this year, but warned of possible threats to open...
AUSTIN — Monday marked the end of the regular session for the state Legislature and along with major bills, some government transparency bills are headed to the Governors desk. Lawmakers approved a...
Aldermen are considering a proposal that would strip the city clerk of his powers relating to public records requests, setting up a power struggle between the city’s elected officials. Aldermen will...
As the cost of encrypting radio communications shrinks, the question of its practice by local police departments has come under increasing scrutiny and prompted questions about who should have the...
LAKEWOOD, OH — Two Lakewood City Councilpersons are set to introduce a new public records law on Monday night. The proposal would establish a public records chapter in Lakewood code. The proposal is...
LANSING — Michigan is one of two states in the U.S. that does not require financial disclosures from its elected officials. Rep. Julie Calley, Portland-R, announced a plan on Thursday, May 16, to...
A bill that would bring records disclosing how government agencies spend taxpayer money back into public view is likely headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Senate Bill 943, which passed in the Senate...
Last Tuesday the Saguache Board of County Commissioners approved a motion to release the unapproved audio recordings of the BoCC meetings and written minutes (stamped “draft”) immediately following...
WASHINGTON — The chair of Washington, D.C.’s City Council has proposed an amendment to the city’s 2020 budget that would severely limit access to public records. The Washington Post reports the...