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Kansas transparency pledge drawing few lawmakers Link opens in a new window.

Only a handful of Kansas’ 165 legislators have signed an initiative to promote openness and transparency in state government by taking what is being called the “transparency pledge,” but the list does include most Lawrence-area legislators.

The Open Kansas initiative was announced Jan. 27 by a coalition of advocacy groups, including Kansas Appleseed, El Centro, Communities Creating Opportunity, Kansas Action for Children, and Kansas Association of Community Action Programs.

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Idaho bill would exempt infrastructure records from disclosure Link opens in a new window.

Records related to “critical infrastructure” would become exempt from disclosure under public records law if a bill that was introduced Friday passes.

“Anyone can walk into any government office and get whatever blueprints they wa…

New Mexico open-government group questions secret budget talks Link opens in a new window.

House Republican and Democratic lawmakers in New Mexico have been gathering in closed-door committee and subcommittee meetings over the last two weeks to discuss how to allocate more than $6 billion in state money, without the public scrutiny that co…

South Carolina bill requires police to get judge’s OK to withhold video Link opens in a new window.

Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina would need a judge’s permission to withhold dashcam video under legislation intended to prevent police from indefinitely blocking the public’s ability to scrutinize an officer’s action.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin said Thursday his bill could inject confidence in a police decision.

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Massachusetts passes public records reform bill Link opens in a new window.

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday revamping the state’s much-maligned public records law, considered one of the least effective in the country.
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Tennessee school district’s legal bills in records fight climb to $113,000 Link opens in a new window.

Sumner County Schools’ most recent legal bills show the district has spent more than $113,000 defending an open records case now headed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Sumner school board members voted unanimously on Dec. 1, 2015 to appeal Judge Dee David Gay’s ruling that the district violated the Tennessee Public Records Act when it refused a Joelton man’s records request.

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Tensions soar in Wisconsin over public records Link opens in a new window.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday fought over open-records laws covering unsubstantiated misconduct allegations against public servants.

The case at hand stems from requests by The Lakeland Times newspaper for state records on its communicati…