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The State Media Company sues USC for failing to comply with records request

Community activist and attorney James Carpenter of Greenville, South Carolina, who specializes in public interest law, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the newspaper. “I think this is an important case because it seems USC has repeatedly ignored their legal obligations under FOIA and they need to be held accountable,” Carpenter said. more

Don’t let open government become another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic

Many government entities in states across the country are using the COVID-19 public health crisis as an all-purpose excuse to tighten access or even close meetings that should be open to all, and dragging their feet or simply ignoring requests for records that belong to the public. more

Editorial: Public shouldn't face battle to get records

"Floridians shouldn’t have to worry about being sued for exercising their legal right to obtain public records," the editorial board of The Gainesville (Florida) Sun argued in an editorial Sunday. The paper recounted two high-profile cases in recent years where citizens seeking to obtain public records were dragged into costly legal battles with government agencies and encouraged members of the public to attend a free open records workshop this week. more
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