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CAPITAL REGION -- For about the last five years or so it had been the policy of the Gloversville Police Department to release a digital mugshot -- a photo of the accused -- with nearly every arrest...
The head of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government said Thursday the 111th state General Assembly “did no harm” to government transparency this year, but warned of possible threats to open...
AUSTIN — Monday marked the end of the regular session for the state Legislature and along with major bills, some government transparency bills are headed to the Governors desk. Lawmakers approved a...
Aldermen are considering a proposal that would strip the city clerk of his powers relating to public records requests, setting up a power struggle between the city’s elected officials. Aldermen will...
As the cost of encrypting radio communications shrinks, the question of its practice by local police departments has come under increasing scrutiny and prompted questions about who should have the...
LAKEWOOD, OH — Two Lakewood City Councilpersons are set to introduce a new public records law on Monday night. The proposal would establish a public records chapter in Lakewood code. The proposal is...
LANSING — Michigan is one of two states in the U.S. that does not require financial disclosures from its elected officials. Rep. Julie Calley, Portland-R, announced a plan on Thursday, May 16, to...
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...