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Vermont Press, Others Applaud New Shield Law

By Vermont News First Vermont Gov. Phil Scott recently signed legislation designed to protect journalists from having to give up their confidential sources and prevent government officials from conducting fishing expeditions on what reporters have been told. “A free press is essential to our democracy and this legislation protects the role of journalists as neutral observers,” Scott […]

Statement on 38 Studios Court Ruling

The following is a statement by Access/RI on the recent decision to keep secret grand jury testimony about the 38 Studios case. The New England First Amendment Coalition is a member organization of Access/RI, which is a non-profit freedom of information coalition dedicated to improving citizen access to the records and processes of government in Rhode Island. While […]

NEFAC Testimony in Support of Vermont Legislation Protecting Student Journalists

Michael Donoghue, first vice president of the New England First Amendment Coalition and a former reporter for the Burlington Free Press, testified April 4 on behalf of NEFAC and the Vermont Press Association in favor of legislation protecting student journalists in the state. The legislation can be read here. Below are his planned remarks. Thank you […]

This Sunshine Week, New Hope for Massachusetts’ Transparency — With Caveats

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Michael Morisy | MuckRock Public record laws are a bit like […]

Striving for Freedom of Information in Connecticut

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Daniel Klau | NEFAC, Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information March […]

Helping to Keep the Sun Shining in Maine

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Jim Campbell | Maine Freedom of Information Coalition In a report […]

Will Vermont Finally Get Serious About Legislative and Executive Oversight?

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Lia Ernst | NEFAC, ACLU of Vermont Sunshine Week largely — and rightly […]

Freedom Isn’t Free and Neither is Open Government in New Hampshire

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By David Saad | Right to Know New Hampshire “The very word […]

Fallout from 38 Studios and the State of Open Government in Rhode Island

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Linda Lotridge Levin | Access/RI When Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island […]

Current Open Government Legislation in Rhode Island House of Representatives

  Bill  Sponsor Title Description   5098   McEntee, Craven, Ruggiero, O’Brien, McKiernan   AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS — ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS   Excludes preliminary drafts, notes, impressions, memoranda, working papers and work products involving research at state institutions of higher learning from the definition of a public record. 5269   Williams, Ranglin-Vassell, […]