This open records bill would make Alabama ... better 4/2/19

A new law proposed by state Rep. Chris Pringle and state Sen. Cam Ward would completely overhaul Alabama's open records law – making it enforceable and giving citizens better, cheaper access to their government.

Read this column by Kyle Whitmire, state political columnist for the Alabama Media Group.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wins 2019 Brechner Freedom of Information Award 4/2/19

A team of investigative journalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, whose reporting led the City of Atlanta to overhaul its practices for responding to public-records requests, is the winner of the 2019 Brechner Freedom of Information Award.


FOIA protects press and public's access to information on retailer revenue from SNAP, Reporters Committee argues 3/26/19

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is supporting Argus Leader Media in its fight for public access to information about how much revenue retailers earn from the federal nutrition assistance program, SNAP.


Interior Department's response to a FOIA backlog: Tighten access to records 1/8/19

Journalists who regularly use the Freedom of Information Act to get documents about how federal environmental laws are enforced may soon find records harder, and more expensive, to obtain.

Newly proposed regulations would allow the Interior Department to enforce caps on how many requests it will process from frequent FOIA users, make it more difficult for news organizations to justify having their FOIA fees waived, and relax internal deadlines for the agency to act on requests.

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Reporters Committee launches 'FOIA Wiki' beta 10/4/16

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a beta of the FOIA Wiki, a collaborative and evolving digital resource on the federal Freedom of Information Act. The FOIA Wiki is part legal guide, part community space for sharing information that aims to serve as a central hub on all manner of issues surrounding FOIA as the law celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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