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Access to Records, Meetings & Places

In America, the government belongs to the people. Inherent in our system of self-government is the idea that the people have the right to know what our government and government officials are doing and to hold them accountable for their actions. State and federal freedom of information (or "sunshine") laws, which include laws that guarantee access to both public meetings and public records, are one of the primary ways of ensuring such accountability.

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