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The judiciary Thursday announced that the public would be able to access some court documents online once the $15 million electronic case filing system is implemented over the next few years, but that...
A superior court judge in San Juan ordered the government of Puerto Rico on Tuesday to release detailed data on every single death recorded on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall in late...
Transparency has been a touchy topic for Mayor de Blasio. A champion of open government while serving as public advocate , he has been less willing to let the sunlight into City Hall as mayor. While...
When it comes to capturing and archiving text messages, a recent survey from Smarsh found many government agencies are not keeping up with best practices required to satisfy public records requests....
Elected officials secretly texting each other during public meetings may or may not become a problem requiring a statewide fix. But it's happening enough that a Virginia transparency panel may soon...
In advance of the June 7 public hearing regarding whether the public will be allowed access to electronic court records, we will look at overall transparency in Maine state government, from access to...
Rules allowing state agencies to charge for public records received a surprising endorsement last month from the Wyoming Press Association, a traditional advocate for transparency that had previously...
The Texas Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a lower court decision permitting a delayed response to a public records request — potentially negating a law that requires a response to requests...
Public safety legislation authored by California State Assembly member Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) to demilitarize law enforcement, build better police and community relations, and promote government...
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday afternoon announced he had vetoed three bills passed in the 2018 legislative session that ended last month, including one that would have placed autopsy...
After being sexually harassed at work, some women face the specter of having the most intimate, private details of their lives dissected in open court by attorneys for their employer. That’s because...
It seems reasonable to assume all public officials — from local school board and city council members to state legislators — are subject to the voter-approved Washington state Public Records Act. Yet,...
The Center for Public Integrity, as a matter of policy, does not accept grants from the federal government. But the Center will accept compensation for the time and effort we put into fighting the...
Citing "clear misinterpretations of law" in actions taken to remove the Office of Open Government director, advertise the position with incorrect limitations on its authority, and appoint an interim...
In wake of the news surrounding MSU's handling of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse case, the university's Freedom of Information Act Office has received an increase in FOIA...