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Failing to clarify a law exempting the state’s public power providers from making proprietary records public could affect ratepayers, representatives of those public utilities told the Legislature’s...
Louisiana's attorney general sued a local school board Thursday over a meeting disrupted by the video-recorded arrest of a teacher being roughly handcuffed on a hallway floor after she criticized the...
On March 7, 2018, the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor issued a determination that the Carlinville City Council violated Section 2.02(c) of the Open Meetings Act during its January...
As anyone who has ever tried to maintain a household budget knows, little differences in savings or cost can add up over time. That's one reason we chose to focus on a minuscule part of school...
LANSING, MI (AP)-- Cybersecurity plans and vulnerabilities would be exempt from open-records requests under legislation approved by Michigan's Legislature. Legislators sent the bill to Gov. Rick...
In 2009, the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act went into effect. The Act deems all records public unless the government can show that it isn’t. Unlike some states, the burden is on the government entity...
FOI Focus Winter 2018 Newsletter C elebrating 'Sunshine Month' in Texas Perhaps you've heard of "Sunshine Week." It's a national event held each March to celebrate access to public information and the...
A bill that would have allowed limited use of medical cannabis oils in Idaho is now off the table after state Senators blocked its passage during an allegedly illegal closed-door meeting. The bill,...
Maryland’s highest court voted unanimously Tuesday to restore the names of police officers to a statewide database of court records and for the fix to take place by the end of the week. The judges...
Nebraska public records law tilts, with good reason, toward openness on governmental fiscal matters. Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent. Under state law, public records should be...
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed updates to the Public Records Act (PRA) Model Rules, reflecting changes in state law and helping the public and agencies navigate changing technology. The...
Every public agency in Kentucky has to follow the same state laws about sharing records with the public. But every public agency does not interpret these laws the same way — at least, that’s what the...
State Rep. Polly Lawrence is trying once again to make the administrative records of Colorado’s judicial branch subject to the Colorado Open Records Act. House Bill 18-1152, introduced earlier this...
The state of Nevada refuses to divulge how much it has paid former employees for their unused sick and vacation leave. Since October, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has sought comprehensive information...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Following a public outcry, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed a bill Thursday that sought to exempt Washington lawmakers from the state's Public Records Act and legislators agreed...