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New Wisconsin law hopes to reduce public records scams

DollarsIt’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. Continue reading…

Florida HB 1151 will make it easier to access public records

ApprovedThe 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. Continue reading…

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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Private student information is a concern with Common Core in Florida

Governor Rick Scott, in speaking at the Annual Republican Party of Florida Conference in Orlando last week, addressed the issue of educational standards and the National Common Core. Though Florida’s Department of Education agreed to adopt the national standards and began doing so in 2010, the Florida legislature is preparing a bill to be discussed […]

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Mug shot websites face scrutiny under new Texas law

In the age of social media, we delight in sharing our personal lives with others. There is some information, however, we would rather keep secret. A growing number of websites are publishing mug shots, and individuals are finding that their criminal history – regardless of its accuracy – is readily available online and viewable by […]

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