Open government advocates are announcing a bill that improves access to public records in Maryland.
The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.
The Supreme Court seems unsure of whether it’s legal for a state to block out-of-staters from getting public documents through its Freedom of Information Act law.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles recently released a 68-page list of forbidden vanity plates to GovernmentAttic.org.
A new study shows that federal judges are handing out widely disparate sentences for similar crimes 30 years after Congress tried to create fairer results, but the differences don’t line up with the party of the president who appointed the judges, despite any impressions that Republicans or Democrats may be tougher or softer on crime.