The state of state public records laws continues to evolve as lawmakers discuss new legislation, court rulings clarify ambiguities in records law, and advocates press for better access. To get a sense of what’s happening, we’ve compiled a list of recent changes to access all across the country. If we missed news in your state, let us know by filling out the form below!
Tennessee lawmakers recently shot down efforts to make more information about economic development deals public, fearing too much transparency could make the state less competitive.
The governor’s race in Georgia last year saw Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams lose by an incredibly close margin to then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, igniting a national conversation about voter suppression. For a small fee of about $77, we can access constituent complaints and internal communications from the Board of Elections and Registration in Cobb County surrounding last November’s controversial elections.
In a first for Georgia, a City of Atlanta employee is facing criminal charges following an order to delay a local tv-station’s public records request.
Six state Departments of Correction have responded to our requests for post-incarceration employment data
Last week, MuckRock submitted requests for any policies and materials these agencies might have related to the post-incarceration opportunities. So far, the responses can’t speak to the question, because most Departments of Correction don’t keep the data.