Category: Open Records Project

Massachusetts: Where the Sun Don’t Shine, Even Though They Still Charge for It

Massachusetts: Where the Sun Don’t Shine, Even Though They Still Charge for It

Co-written with Maya Shaffer It’s Sunshine Week, the annual national initiative to promote open government and access to public records. Meteorologists have predicted rain and clouds across Massachusetts for the next several days—and the outlook for transparency in the Bay State is eq ...
WATCH: Florida Deputy Illegally Arrests PINAC Reporter Protesting At High School (UPDATED III)

WATCH: Florida Deputy Illegally Arrests PINAC Reporter Protesting At High School (UPDATED III)

UPDATE III - March 15th, 3:30pm - Jeff Gray has been released, finally, from St. Johns County Jail.  Here is his statement "I am out of jail and safely at home. I walked out of jail around 1pm today 3/15/16. I was treated well by SJSO Jail staff. I want to thank everybody for their su ...
Massachusetts Police Department Caught Lying to Bury Public Record

Massachusetts Police Department Caught Lying to Bury Public Record

Co-authored with PINAC writer Andrew Quemere For a year and a half, the Quincy Police Department in Massachusetts has cited dubious and flat-out false reasons to deny a resident access to a police report she made about her neighbor urinating in public. In spite of the police departmen ...
Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

Florida Senate Bill 1220: A Poor Solution to Fake Problems

As addressed in my recent article, the Florida League of Cities is pushing for a dramatic and unwarranted change to Florida's Public Records Act for which no empirical justification is offered.  Further, its anecdotal reliance on cases it cites actually undermines its basic premise. T ...
Florida Town Clerk Calls PINAC Reporter “Asshole” for Making Public Records Request, then Lies About Photos She Took

Florida Town Clerk Calls PINAC Reporter “Asshole” for Making Public Records Request, then Lies About Photos She Took

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray conducted a public records audit at the town hall of Penney Farms last month, a tiny town in North Florida known more for its retirement community than its farms that describes itself as "one of the best kept secrets" in the state. And judging by town clerk An ...
Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

Noncompliance: The Real Abuse of Florida’s Public Records Laws

The basic premise of Florida's Public Records Act is that the public has a right to access any records dealing with official government business.  Its purpose is to promote public awareness and knowledge of government actions to ensure the government remains accountable to the people.  T ...
Pentagon Releases Torture Prisoner Photos of Iraq/Afghan Wars, Withholding Thousands More

Pentagon Releases Torture Prisoner Photos of Iraq/Afghan Wars, Withholding Thousands More

It took more than a decade, but the federal government finally released nearly 200 photos depicting prisoner abuse by American soldiers during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos were released Friday in response to an ACLU lawsuit filed in 2004 when George W. Bush was still p ...
Florida School Board Violated Open Meetings Sunshine Law to Sue PINAC’s Jeff Gray

Florida School Board Violated Open Meetings Sunshine Law to Sue PINAC’s Jeff Gray

A Florida School Board and its lawyer announced that they've violated the state's constitution's "Sunshine Law" requiring open meetings, by making the decision to file a SLAPP lawsuit against PINAC's Jeff Gray for reporting about school bus safety violations. The St. Johns County Scho ...
Florida Legislature Votes to Gut Sunshine Law; Bill Would End Open Records Access Advocacy

Florida Legislature Votes to Gut Sunshine Law; Bill Would End Open Records Access Advocacy

Florida's famous Sunshine Law is under attack in the state legislature today as a state House Committee has already voted to eliminate the provision that guarantees government agencies must pay citizens'  attorney fees when public records are illegally withheld. Its companion measure, ...