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Nearly every state allows citizens to access records about state legislatures and governors. Not Michigan. It’s not for a lack of trying. Bills introduced in each of the last two years have passed the...More
The city of Fort Smith and the Fort Smith School Board were accused of violating the Freedom of Information Act on more than one occasion this year. In one instance, Sebastian County Circuit Judge Ste...More
The election of two former journalists to the House of Delegates in last month’s elections may bode well for Virginians who see the need for greater transparency in state and local government and for...More
LINCOLN — A coalition of Nebraska newspapers and broadcasters is going to court to fight a decision by state prison officials to withhold public records that identify its execution drug supplier. Medi...More
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals side with Reporters Committee in FBI impersonation lawsuit On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with the Reporters Committee and the Associated Pres...More
This week the board that oversees the District’s only public hospital, United Medical Center, met for a while in public but then pulled down the curtain and went out of sight. Maybe if your multi-mill...More
SUDBURY – The state Attorney General’s office has ruled that performance evaluations of top public officials prepared by individual members of an elected board are not necessarily subject to disclosur...More
LINCOLN — A coalition of Nebraska newspapers and broadcasters is going to court to fight a decision by state prison officials to withhold public records that identify its execution drug supplier. Medi...More
Former prisoners joined with advocates of criminal justice reform Thursday to back three D.C. Council bills that would make it easier for people arrested by police to shield their court records from t...More
BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Attorney General's Office has turned down the city's request for the state to reconsider its decision directing Bloomington police to release footage from an officer's body...More
The top leaders of Broward Health have been indicted on charges of violating Florida’s public meetings law, throwing the public hospital system into the worst turmoil of its years of crises and invest...More
The Interior Department is beginning to make more details public about its recent — and often controversial — round of senior executive reassignments. Thirty-three senior executives, or 15 percent of...More
Two advocacy groups are suing the U.S. military for records pertaining to sexual assault and the military justice system. Protect Our Defenders and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center filed a lawsui...More
A state senator has introduced legislation to overhaul the right-to-know law in New Hampshire, a state that has been ranked almost dead last in giving its citizens access to public records. Sen. Bob G...More
Rep. Paul Graves (R) of Fall City, in his second year as a state legislator, is proposing an end to a form of special treatment for state legislators. In advance of the 2018 legislative session, he is...More