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A key Pennsylvania state senator says he’s not ready to push forward a House-passed bill that would codify what steps governmental bodies — from county commissions to local zoning boards — must follow...
The city's first attempt Monday at holding a virtual public meeting of the city council was plagued by technical issues that made video spotty and audio sometimes impossible to hear. Moreover, it may...
March 16, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 Fewer watchdogs, uncooperative public officials are biggest challenges to open...
March 16, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 New service tracks state transparency-related bills The National Freedom of...
We believe government secrecy has become too routine, rather than the absolute last resort it should be. Reporters and editors love to complain about government secrecy. Closed meetings and redacted...
When I’ve written about Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation open records law, I’ve emphasized that access to those documents is not a media privilege. The right to inspect public records and take copies...
A York County judge has called out county solicitors' practice of withholding material from the state Office of Open Records during Right-to-Know Law disputes, calling it a "disturbing trend." Common...
The Georgia General Assembly is considering changing some of the rules that govern the state’s hospitals. Specifically, lawmakers are looking at requirements for hospitals which operate under a...
A new bill being heard in the Colorado Senate may increase the media and public’s access to police communication. The bill, Radio Communications Policies Of Gov Entities, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van...
MONTGOMERY — An Alabama lawmaker wants the state’s more than 100 licensing boards, the groups that regulate professionals from contractors to medical personnel, to provide public accountings of their...
City of Tacoma department heads will get court-ordered public records training after a recent ruling in a lawsuit against the city. Public records activist Arthur West sued the city in 2016, arguing...
In the basement of Worcester City Hall, behind a heavy locked door embellished with the name of the Mosler Safe Co., Hamilton, Ohio, lies a multiroom trove of records chronicling the births, marriages...
In an effort to promote transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature, a state representative has introduced a bill that would required the House of Representatives and the Senate to follow the Open...
In a win for right-to-know advocates, the public and journalists, the state Freedom of Information Commission has ruled the state police broke open record laws when the agency denied a request by the...
For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 (02/12/2020) The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition and the Nevada Coalition for Open...