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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, the San Francisco Civic Center Courthouse building, which includes the Superior Court of California of the County of San Francisco, stands in San Francisco. Citing the unprecedented challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, city officials across California are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend or delay numerous state laws, saying they can't comply with everything from environmental regulations to public records laws that allow the public to see how the government spends public money. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California cities want transparency rules waived in pandemic

Apr. 1, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Citing unprecedented challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, city officials across California are asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to suspend or delay numerous state laws, saying they're unable to comply with everything from environmental regulations to public records laws that give...

Guam governor suspends public meeting rights due to virus

Mar. 26, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The governor of Guam temporarily suspended some parts of the Open Government Law in response to the coronavirus outbreak, including the public’s right to attend government meetings. Democratic Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed the executive order Tuesday to suspend open meeting...

Judge: Clay County violated law denying reporter's request

Mar. 24, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Clay County violated a Missouri transparency law by denying a reporter their request to inspect government records, a judge ruled Monday. Judge Roger Prokes ruled Clay County committed two violations of the Missouri Sunshine Law when it rejected a Kansas City Star reporter copies of...

Documents: Georgia resort underpaid workers over $46,000

Mar. 22, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Newly released documents show a coastal Georgia resort violated labor laws more than 500 times and collectively underpaid employees by more than $46,000. The Brunswick News obtained the documents relating to violations at the Sea Island Resort earlier this month through a Freedom of...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, the House chamber at the state Capitol is empty in St. Paul, Minn., with some desks marked with an

Virus concerns lead to `public' meetings without the public

Mar. 21, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns. Then with the public gone, lawmakers made an emergency change to the state's open-meetings law to let all governmental entities meet via video or teleconference, so long as people can...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions concerning the state's response to the coronavirus Monday, March 16, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has asked all schools in Tennessee to close by the end of the week due to coronavirus spreading across the state. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee reports 1st virus death, elderly man in Nashville

Mar. 20, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 73-year-old man in Nashville with underlying health conditions has become Tennessee's first fatality linked to the new coronavirus, authorities said Friday. “This is a tragic loss of life, and we extend our heartfelt condolences with the family,” Nashville Mayor...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Mar. 18, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ March 18 The Orlando Sentinel on how the University of Central Florida is conducting its search for a new president: Florida narrowly dodged a dreadful new law that would have made the search for university presidents secret. The bill died a welcome death on...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Mar. 18, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Sunshine week reminds citizens they have a right to know what officials are up to Harrisburg Patriot News/Pennlive.com March 13 Just in time for the nationwide observance of Sunshine Week, the Pennsylvania Legislature has given...

Evers to comply with Republican lawmaker's records request

Mar. 18, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers will comply with an open records request from a top Republican lawmaker who filed a lawsuit to force the release of material related to farmer mental health programs, court documents show. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday that lawyers with the state...

Michael Fowler wears a face mask while waiting for a Tulsa Transit bus at the Denver Avenue Station Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Fowler had the flu recently and said he really doesn't want to get sick again. He wants to be ready and ward off the coronavirus. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

Mar. 17, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open government advocates who worried the changes were too extreme....