Open records, open government

May 18, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: First Amendment.

Many governmental bodies – particularly on the local level – like to operate in secret.

That is, bodies such as school boards and zoning authorities find it easier to make decisions when they are not under public scrutiny. Sometimes these decisions are questionable, and those serving on these boards would rather not be questioned.

Such an attitude, however, runs counter to how Americans view their government and in fact limits the First Amendment right to petition the government. The National Freedom of Information Center is an organization set up to fight secrecy in government. Check out NFOIC’s web site, and see if there is a Freedom of Information center in your state.

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