Across US, lawmakers chip away at public’s access to records

By The Associated Press

By Andrew DeMillo and Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press

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. [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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