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Missouri's Greitens Administration - A Freedom of Information Portrait

Instead of answering media questions and making traditional appearances, Missouri's new governor, Eric Greitens, prefers to produce and release his own material, limiting chances for the press to gain an insight into his thinking or agenda. Let's try to recover some of that lost information by taking an ongoing look at the documents he uses to make and issue decisions.

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Michigan Governor issues new directive on transparency and records requests

Michigan Governor issues new directive on transparency and records requests

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her 11th Executive Directive last Friday, an effort to recommit the state’s government agencies to the values of transparency and accountability.

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Massachusetts Public Records Law among the country’s most restrictive

Massachusetts Public Records Law among the country’s most restrictive

Most requesters that file in Massachusetts have noted difficulty in obtaining records from the state. The Bay State has often been ranked as one of the worst in terms public access to information, and that’s in no small part owing to the fact that three branches of government - the judiciary, the legislature, and the office of the governor - are exempt from the public records law.

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Governor Jay Inslee vetoes efforts to thwart Washington transparency

Governor Jay Inslee vetoes efforts to thwart Washington transparency

After a court ruled state legislators and senators were subject to Washington’s Public Records Act, elected officials there quickly moved, with no public hearings, to make sure that emails and many other would continued to be kept from public. After an unprecedented backlash, Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed the bill and the legislature has agreed to get more public feedback before any changes are made.

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