States Restrict Info from Public Information Requests

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In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government.” Then they approved new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know, the Associated Press reports. When they were finished, universities could keep secret information on their police forces, including their size and the names and salaries . . .

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