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Public Information and Government Transparency

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Public Information & Government Transparency In October of last year, the North Carolina legislature passed a new law aimed at cracking open the secretive policies critics accused the state government of practicing. Time and again, requests for public information were either denied or repeatedly delayed. Some hail the new law as part of a national movement for more transparency in the government but others say the "Sunshine Laws" in our state, and on the federal level, don't go far enough. We'll track transparency in government and Sunshine laws from the recent past, through the age of the Patriot Act and wiretapping and take a look at where we are now when it comes to what is "public information and what isn't." Guests Jason Huber - Attorney, Charlotte School of Law Greg Collard - News Director, WFAE Brooke Barnette - Exec. Director, The Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition Help line for The Sunshine Center: (336) 278-5506 or ncopengov@elon.edu Add and read comments