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Government Should Be an Open Book

By Jim Condos Trust in government is at an all-time low. As you can see playing out before our eyes in the news today, integrity is at a premium in times of crisis. Truth and transparency are necessary to effective leadership. In Vermont, we take great pride in having a government that is more accessible […]

New Year’s Resolution: Protecting Access to Public Records

By Jim Condos, Vt. Secretary of State The start of the new year provides an opportunity to reflect and set out our intentions for the months ahead. This year, I am asking all legislators to join me in committing to protect and expand access for Vermonters who are seeking access to public records. The bottom […]

Mass. Attorney General Dragging Feet on Records Referral

Have a public records story you would like to share? Email justin@nefac.org with your experience trying to obtain information through a state public records law. By Colman M. Herman Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is dragging her feet big time in a matter involving my efforts to obtain copies of racial and gender complaints filed […]

Mass. Gov. Baker’s Transparency Promise Revisited

Have a public records story you would like to share? Email justin@nefac.org with your experience trying to obtain information through a state public records law. By Colman M. Herman The Promise in 2014: “Charlie [Baker] has already proposed serious initiatives to make state government more transparent and will reexamine the practices regarding public records requests […]

An ‘Outrageous’ Public Records Response — Even for the Mass. State Police

Have a public records story you would like to share? Email justin@nefac.org with your experience trying to obtain information through a state public records law. By Colman M. Herman It is a fact of life that the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) often fail to respond to public records requests. And when they do, appeals often […]

NEFAC Prepared Remarks for Maple Run Unified School District Board Meeting

The following are prepared remarks by NEFAC’s Michael Donoghue for the June 5 Maple Run Unified School District Board meeting in St. Albans, Vermont. Donoghue provided these comments as a representative for both NEFAC and the Vermont Press Association. Mr. Chairman and Members of the Maple Run School Board: I would like to speak in […]

Word Games at Mass Dept. of Transportation

Have a public records story you would like to share? Email justin@nefac.org with your experience trying to obtain information through a state public records law. By Colman M. Herman When I was at the State Transportation Building in Boston recently, I noticed that Emerson College was occupying a large office on the second floor of […]

Mass. Bill Filed to Expand Secrecy of Investigative Records on Abuse of the Disabled

The following was emailed to newsrooms and members of the media throughout Massachusetts on behalf of the Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates. Would you like to share a public records story? Please email justin@nefac.org. By Dave Kassel I’m writing to call your attention to a bill in the Massachusetts Legislature, which we think would draw an ever-tighter […]

In Rhode Island, It’s More Like ‘Sunshine: Weak’

By Edward Fitzpatrick Rhode Island celebrated “Sunshine Week” recently, but when it comes to open government in Rhode Island these days, the more accurate description might be “Sunshine: Weak.” The Providence Journal detailed the dark days in a March 10 special report, “Transparency Under Assault: Government Secrecy in Rhode Island.” Reporters Tom Mooney and Amanda […]

Sunshine Week: A Reminder That Public Records Belong to Us All

By Richard C. Gagliuso During Sunshine Week, we remember and celebrate our ability to keep track of what our public officials are up to, through our broad right of access to governmental records and proceedings. Like many of the rights we enjoy as Americans, this is one we would do well to keep in mind […]