Thursday, March 19, 2020

3 p.m. ET today is deadline to co-sign statement urging governments to be transparent during coronavirus crisis

The National Freedom of Information Coalition and the University of Florida's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information will send out a statement urging state and local public officials all over the nation to ensure that residents continue to have unfettered access to their proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic:

"As our public institutions must make arrangements to function in this time of uncertainty, changing their open meeting laws and administrative practices that provide more flexibility to public officials yet decrease access and accountability to their residents must not occur. Instead, these institutions need to use this crisis to increase transparency and public access to their proceedings and information."

If you, your organization or publication would like to co-sign the statement, please email NFOIC executive director Daniel Bevarly by 3 p.m. ET at

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