Freedom of Information
"Sunshine Laws" and Access to Government RecordsBuy Full Issue$34.95
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, many States and the Federal Government enacted freedom of information acts (FOIA), often called “sunshine laws,” which opened up government records to public access upon request, often for a minimal processing fee. The principle behind these laws is that, in a democracy, citizens have a right to view the inner workings of their government and the documents and data that the government and its officials produce.
All 50 States and the District of Columbia have some form of open records, open meetings, or freedom of information laws on their books, with varying rules and reg…Buy Full Issue$34.95
In This Issue
"Sunshine Laws" and Access to Government Records
College, Admissions, Police Searches, and Gay Marriage on the Docket
Overview of Federal Open-Records Laws
Decision of the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
The Justices Weigh in on the Virginia Freedom of Information Act
Pro & Con
Does the Virginia Freedom of Information Act Unconstitutionally Deny Access to Public Records to Out-of-State Citizens?