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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...
NEW BLOOMFIELD — State Auditor Nicole Galloway is seeking a ruling from the state attorney general on whether the Governor's use of the First Amendment to deny access to information under the Sunshine...
The banging jolted Bryan Carmody awake. Outside his San Francisco home Friday morning, the longtime journalist saw a throng of police officers with a sledgehammer, trying to break down his front gate....
Internal affairs secrecy contributes to a “code of silence” or “blue wall” in law enforcement, a Denver district court judge wrote in a 2005 decision, “by creating the expectation that things will be...
The report from the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy , explores the disconnect between the public, the press and our public institutions, notably government. The report concludes we are...
Issues and trends in state open government, public records and press freedom discussed The National Freedom of Information Coalition concluded its 2019 FOI Summit in Dallas recently. The annual two...
For years, Colorado law enforcement agencies have routinely ignored or denied requests for internal investigations records involving alleged officer misconduct. Mesa County is no exception. Back in...
In 2010, two University of California, Santa Cruz researchers found themselves in an unexpected situation. Part of a team studying the impacts of lead poisoning on the endangered California condor,...
Whether it’s addressing your city council, doing genealogical research at a courthouse or wanting to know how much your local school superintendent makes a year, the common element is access to public...
The release of the Mueller report this past week has brought with it renewed interest in the practice of “redaction” in which the government blacks out portions of officially released documents to...
The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin "willfully" withheld public records about sexual harassment and discrimination alleged by a former top social services official, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip...
In a move slammed by proponents of press freedom, Georgia politicians are considering a law that would create a journalism board to oversee the work of journalists in the state. The move, introduced...
The Texas Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill by Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, that aims to restore the strength of the state’s freedom-of-information law following two 2015 court rulings...