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In Vermont, Open Government is Good Government

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Jim Condos | State of Vermont It’s Sunshine Week, a national […]

In Vermont, a Mixed Bag of Open Government Rulings and Public Record Policies

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Lia Ernst | NEFAC, ACLU of Vermont  It’s been an up-and-down […]

Losing a Sliver of Rhode Island’s History

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Linda Lotridge Levin | Access/RI It was Sunday morning Dec. 7, […]

Resisting Efforts to Curtail Access to Government in Connecticut

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Daniel J. Klau | NEFAC, CCFOI This week is Sunshine Week […]

Explainer: Student Walkouts and the First Amendment

Do you need a crash course on a First Amendment or open government topic? Let us help. Email justin@nefac.org with your questions. By Lyndsey Wajert Following the mass shooting last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students across the country are turning their anger into action. From raising money for the […]

Establishing an Ombudsman for New Hampshire Right to Know Grievances

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By David Saad | Right to Know NH New Hampshire’s Right to […]

How Public Records Requests Helped Teens, But Still So Much To Do

This post originally appeared as an op/ed in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and other Gatehouse Media newspapers. During Sunshine Week, NEFAC will be posting reports from each New England state, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Justin Silverman When Boston Latin […]

Making Maine and the State Judicial System More Transparent

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Jim Campbell | Maine Freedom of Information Coalition Last year was a […]

Explainer: ‘Opening Up’ Libel Laws

Do you need a crash course on a First Amendment or open government topic? Let us help. Email justin@nefac.org with your questions. By Lyndsey Wajert President Trump on several occasions expressed his dissatisfaction with American libel laws, saying most recently that “our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace, and do not represent […]

Court May Use First Amendment to End Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

By Edward Fitzpatrick The First Amendment has been pressed into action to protect everything from burning the American flag to unleashing corporate cash in campaigns. But now the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to employ the First Amendment to do something we can all feel good about — putting an end to extreme partisan […]