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Government Transparency
Cuomo

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Affirming Right to Record Police

The legislation affirms the right of individuals to record law enforcement activity, and to keep their recordings. The law goes into effect in 30 days.

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Floyd Abrams Institute Supports Challenge to Maryland Law Prohibiting the Rebroadcast of Court Recordings

Although it is common for courtrooms in the United States to limit the use of cameras and recording equipment during criminal proceedings, the Maryland statute is peculiar in that it applies even to audio recordings produced by the courts and available for public use.

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Florida Governor

Florida Works to Keep Official Meetings Accessible Amid COVID-19

Local officials in Florida experiment with digital technologies to ensure public access after the governor suspends law requiring in-person meetings.

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Coronavirus

White House Orders Federal Health Agency To Put Lid on High-Level Coronavirus Discussions

The officials, who wished to remain anonymous, told Reuters that documented exchanges between health officials about “the scope of infections, quarantines and travel restrictions” have been removed from public record and placed in a “high-security meeting room” at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 

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LAPD Sergeant

South Carolina Supreme Court Overturns Order That Barred Disclosure of Police Body-Camera Footage

Breaking News Update South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty vacated the order that would have prohibited lawyers from […]

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Trump Directed Press Sec. Sanders ‘Not To Bother’ Holding Daily Briefings

President Trump declared in a tweet that he has told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to stop holding […]

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Did White House Staff Sign Away Their First Amendment Rights?

The Washington Post reports that senior White House staffers in President Trump's administration were asked to sign long-term nondisclosure agreements which would prevent them from revealing confidential information. These agreements extended beyond the normal confidentiality obligations around classified information or attorney-client privilege and included fines if they were broken. 

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CDC worker

CDC Joins Other Administration Agencies in Restricting Reporters

Though the White House has denied "media gags" at agencies from the EPA to the National Park Service, the chill continues to be felt by reporters covering the current Administration. The latest: higher ups at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appear to have reduced reporter access according to a recently released email obtained by Axios.

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