Public records requests for audio, video spiked during pandemic
Agencies are spending far more time processing public records requests than ever before, according to data collected by a government software provider.
To reduce burden on the courts, St. Louis County expands records portal
A traffic ticket search tool and countywide records look-up have been added to the website in hopes of preventing unnecessary escalations of minor offenses.
Controversial police body camera bill would restrict access to footage in Wisconsin
Citing privacy concerns, the bill's proponents would limit when footage is eligible for public records requests.
Oregon's new public records laws are 'most significant reforms' in 44 years
New policies, committees, and officials — including a chief data officer — will build a framework for state records requests after the system broke down.
Civilians to oversee police policy, investigate complaints in Seattle
In a move the mayor's office calls "civilianization," Seattle proposes sweeping changes to its police oversight system.
Texas overhauls open data portal, prioritizes commonly requested info
The state's IT department is unveiling a new look for its open data offerings and putting a premium on proactively making data available that was once only accessible via a public records request.
In San Diego, push to include city workers' private devices under public records law fails
Open government advocates are frustrated that their latest push to make all communications about government business subject to disclosure laws won't be moving forward this year.
Louisiana body camera footage disclosure bill moves to governor
The bill would shield police body camera footage from public disclosure if law enforcement believes it would "violate an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy."
Number of state-level cyber bills doubled in 2015 — database
State lawmakers introduced 75 bills involving cybersecurity issues in 2015, compared to 37 bills on the same subject the year before, according to a review of legislative analytics company FiscalNote’s database.