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Request Denied: States Try To Block Access To Public Records

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.
They spent the following weeks debating and, in many cases approving, new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public's right to know.
When they were finished, universities could keep secret all information related to their police forces, including their size and the names and salaries of officers. Public...
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Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Oregon parent wanted details about school employees getting paid to stay home. A retired educator sought data about student performance in Louisiana. And college journalists in Kentucky requested documents about the investigations of employees accused of sexual misconduct. Instead, they got something else: sued by the agencies they had asked for public records.
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