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Local commissioner says town of Sandwich violated open meeting laws

Local commissioner says town of Sandwich violated open meeting laws

The Board of Selectman in Sandwich Massachusetts is under fire this month following an open meeting law complaint filed by Barnstable County Commissioner Ronald Beaty.

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New bill in Oregon would require requesters to state intended use for records

New bill in Oregon would require requesters to state intended use for records

The 2019 Legislative session is set to begin later this month, but legislators in Oregon already have a hefty number of public records related bills to look forward too. Although positive reforms are included in the list of proposed bills, one piece of legislation is causing a stir among transparency advocates.

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Breaking down the Department of the Interior's proposed changes to FOIA

Breaking down the Department of the Interior’s proposed changes to FOIA

MuckRock asked Russ Kick, the investigative archivist behind the Memory Hole and AltGov, to offer his thoughts on the Department of the Interior’s proposed changes to how it would handle FOIA requests - and what we can do to push back against it.

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Fee issues continue to block access to public records in Massachusetts

Fee issues continue to block access to public records in Massachusetts

While the 2016 reforms to Massachusetts Public Records Law brought some key changes, such as a cap on copying fees and agency response times, Bay State requesters can still face hefty financial barriers to getting their records.

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Is there an ideal public records law among the 50 states?

Is there an ideal public records law among the 50 states?

The way you gain access to government records varies by state, but across the board requesters continue to face impediments in getting the docs. With 50 public records laws across the nation, which stand out as particularly good examples of how the process should work?

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