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Out of state records requesters face unclear guidelines in New Jersey

Out of state records requesters face unclear guidelines in New Jersey

While most states have clear guidelines over whether out of state requests can be rejected, others aren’t so clear - in New Jersey, the Open Public Records Act and governing entities often have contrasting views.

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Upcoming Supreme Court case could hand broadened FOIA censorship powers to corporations

Upcoming Supreme Court case could hand broadened FOIA censorship powers to corporations

Does your right to know which companies are receiving your tax dollars outweigh those companies’ rights to competitive secrets? That’s the question at stake in an upcoming Supreme Court case set to be heard in April, and the result could either cement the public’s right to know or severely restrict the ability to track the flow of tax dollars into private companies.

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The state of criminal justice and prison privatization as we enter 2019

The state of criminal justice and prison privatization as we enter 2019

Between a federal shutdown, ongoing litigation, and new efforts to change bad policy, there’s a lot going on in the nation’s criminal justice system. Here’s what you might have missed.

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In Massachusetts, quasi-government entities face blurred lines in transparency and oversight

In Massachusetts, quasi-government entities face blurred lines in transparency and oversight

Taxpayer funds are a key part in sustaining public services and our overall government. Our democracy is responsible for government oversight and ensuring the process of checks and balances works. But with some entities operating in both the public and private sectors, many quasi-government entities opt for the secrecy afforded to private companies.

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For first time in state's history, Massachusetts Attorney General sues agencies for not complying with public records law

For first time in state’s history, Massachusetts Attorney General sues agencies for not complying with public records law

After a two-year legal battle, a Suffolk County District Judge has ordered three District Attorneys in Massachusetts to release records to The Boston Globe following a lawsuit spearheaded by the state’s Attorney General, Maura Healey. This is the first time the state AG has sued another agency for failing to release records.

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