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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...
By Monica Nieporte, Executive Director It has been a busy couple of weeks at the Ohio Statehouse. In addition to trying to get our own legislation introduced about adding open meetings to the court of...
DENVER (AP) — Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed legislation Friday designed to shed light on the conclusions of internal police investigations into alleged officer misconduct by making...
A group of House Republican lawmakers filed legislation this week to create a state Journalism Ethics Board to develop “canons of ethics” for journalists in Georgia. The measure was sponsored by Rep....
In March, for the second year in a row, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order regarding the state’s open records law. It notes that “the American republic and the State of...
TROY, N.Y. — Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello announced a City Council Informational Meeting Wed., April 10, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club. "This is a great...
Local governments must maintain certain financial records, but not all make it easy for taxpayers to obtain it. A bill headed to the Illinois House floor would put local government financial records...