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City of Havelock, NC charges $8,000 for access to government emails

DollarsPublic records are meant to keep governments and pertinent parties accountable for their actions, making it so that private citizens have access to information they might need in investigative work, court cases, and more. Unfortunately, Cheever Construction, working on a controversial building project in the city of Havelock, North Carolina is running into a lot of roadblocks in their attempt to get answers regarding a payment nightmare for one of their recent contracts. What complicates the situation even more is that the city itself is the client in the case. Continue reading…

Property records dispute Cliven Bundy’s ancestral claim to federal land

Property SaleCliven Bundy claims his family has been grazing cattle for longer than 130 years on Nevada lands that are owned by the federal government.

The rancher said, “I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements.” Continue reading…

New Wisconsin law hopes to reduce public records scams

It’s no secret that bureaucratic processes can be difficult for the average person to navigate. For many Americans, getting records from the government sounds expensive, confusing, and time consuming – and most people aren’t even sure which records are publicly available.

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Florida HB 1151 will make it easier to access public records

The Florida House of Representatives Government Operations Subcommittee passed HB 1151 by a vote of 13-0, potentially making public records easier and less expensive to obtain. The bill is designed to clarify accessibility to public records through the state government and to allow the use of public funds to maintain the records.

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Inmate on death row wins access to court documents

Death row inmate, LaTwon Weaver won his court case against the San Diego County Districts Attorney’s office to gain access to numerous court documents. Weaver had petitioned the state for access to the filing records associated with every murder suspect in the county from the years 1977 to 1993. He also wanted access to any […]

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Numerous bills look to modify Florida public records laws

By now, it should be common knowledge that nothing is private, or at the least, very little. Information about you and your life, most of your history can be garnered by anyone who knows how and where to look for it. What exactly can law enforcement, corporations, prospective employers, even perfect strangers find out about […]

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Supreme Court to rule on mental illness laws

The United States Supreme Court is set to make a ruling on whether mentally retarded inmates on death row can be executed. Twelve years ago the Supreme Court banned having death row inmates classed as ‘mentally retarded’ from being executed. This issue stems from the case of a Florida man who is challenging a Florida […]

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California will look at Brown and Public Records Acts in 2014

As of June this year, voters in California will get the chance to amend the state’s constitution. This amendment, if successful, will see local governments bearing the cost of making meetings and records open to the public. This important item will maintain government transparency and make sure information remains a matter of public record.

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