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.
Public records law is making headlines this week with new legislation on the horizon. States across the nation are looking to revise, change, and add new directives that will affect records requesters in their state and across the nation.
Legislators in Washington state are set to discuss a new bill looking to bring some highly-anticipated sunshine into the legislative branch.
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.
Public records advocates have always fought for stronger laws that allow for better oversight and accountability. Despite these efforts, law enforcement agencies are still finding loopholes to allow for the retention of information. While new police transparency bills in California and a recent public records overhaul in Massachusetts are huge victories for access, requesters still face serious barriers when trying to peek past the thin blue line.