Just the News: Transparency groups ask 5 states to stop blocking out-of-state records requests

(March 12, 2024): Just the News reports on Southeastern Legal Foundation’s (SLF) efforts to make state government more transparent. SLF and other members of the Right on Transparency coalition rolled out a model policy that would require states to remove restrictions that prevent non-residents from requesting records of that state. Currently, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Tennessee and Virginia only permit state residents to request public records from the government. As the coalition writes, “Barring non-state citizens from the open-records process offends the people’s foundational right to access government information. The fact a potential requester lives in a different state should not determine his or her ability to request public records. State policy choices often have impacts beyond a state’s borders.”

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