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VALDOSTA — If you do the crime, you pay the fine. Violators of Georgia’s open records and open meetings laws can face fines in civil court, although other avenues for remedy can be used, according to...
Journalists at The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail pore over information every day to report what’s happening in the Upstate of South Carolina. Sometimes the information is easy to...
I suspect in a lot of newsrooms there’s a good bit of groaning as Sunshine Week nears. We know the message is important — open government is the cornerstone of democracy — but how do you build a...
Sunshine Week will be observed across the nation this week. The week shines a spotlight on the important role open government and citizen accountability play in our democracy. Open meetings and open...
It may be a bit of an understatement to say that government services are scattered online. Of course, it certainly varies by jurisdiction, but more often than not, residents of a given city must visit...
To the editor: Sunshine Week is a nationwide effort to foster dialogue on the importance of transparency in government, freedom of information, and open government at all levels. It occurs around the...
The Jacksonville Ethics Commission wants to begin investigating and imposing penalties for non-criminal violations of Florida’s open government laws, an idea gaining traction inside City Hall after a...
Legislation that proposes new restrictions to the commonwealth's open records law would make Kentucky one of only a handful of states that prevents nonresidents from obtaining public documents there,...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is refusing to release a letter written to him by former Gov. Scott Walker just before he left office in January, saying that because it was personal it...
In a shocking effort by the Kentucky Legislature to undermine government transparency and accountability, Rep. Jason Petrie (R-Elkton) has introduced HB 387 , which aims to make it harder for...
M.A. Hansen carried a sign to a rally on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn Tuesday afternoon that said “Where’s the Transparency?” The answer on the back of the sign said, “There is no transparency.”...
Presidents granted broad exemption under state’s Freedom of Information Act The state of Virginia offers public university presidents broad protection from public oversight, granting them extensive...
Dewey commissioners learned Feb. 9 that a January vote to standardize and lower copying fees for public documents also hiked fees for FOIA requests 150 percent. At council’s Jan. 21 meeting,...
A day after Greenville County Sheriff’s deputies denied access to a reporter for The Greenville News who was trying to cover a controversial event at a public library, an agency spokesman described...
PORT TOWNSEND — Disruptive visitors to Jefferson County government facilities can be temporarily removed from public buildings and could face yearlong entry restrictions under a newly approved...