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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Library of Virginia is years behind in cataloging documents from former governors’ administrations and has declined to make records in that trove of information available...
Earlier this month, in celebration of Sunshine Week, we turned our attention to highlighting the value of transparency and public information to our communities, both large and small. However, year...
New York’s highest court ruled Thursday that the New York Police Department can decline to acknowledge whether it has records of investigating two Muslim men in response to the individuals’ public...
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that government officials cannot subvert the state’s public records law, by conducting official business on private devices or through personal email accounts. The...
HELENA — Montana's government bodies and agencies must give some details about whose privacy rights they are protecting when justifying closing a meeting that would otherwise be open to the public,...
A local advocacy group is calling on the city to improve transparency in the police department following the publication of body camera footage in February that shows a white former Asheville police...
Here's one of those truths that ought to be self-evident: In this democracy, governments — federal, state, and local — are our governments. They belong to "We the people," after all. We elect those...
I wrote recently about how some governments in Pennsylvania still are thumbing their noses at the public when it comes to providing access to government records. One example occurring not far from the...
Groups and media organizations across the political spectrum were alarmed when, as the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government reported, House Bill 302 was changed to reclassify government...
Fort Bend County commissioners have joined a list of local officials asking Texas to suspend its Open Meetings Act during times of crisis after they say it caused issues in communication during the...
JEFFERSON CITY— The Sunshine Law, Missouri’s open records law, could be getting a big boost through legislation discussed Monday in a state House hearing. Missouri would join at least 15 other states...
In Middleton, the Board of Selectmen was accused of setting the town's tax rate while its meeting was in recess. In Marblehead, the Board of Health has discussed a key issue in secret for a year and a...
If your doctor, social worker or therapist has violated professional standards, you have a right to that information under the open records law. But that could change under a bill before the state...
Language in a document connected to the omnibus spending bill urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase public access to inspection reports of animal breeders and other facilities after the...
COLUMBUS — State auditors issued 321 public records-related citations to 267 public entities in calendar year 2017 – a 22 percent drop in citations from the prior year. Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost...