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Conn. lawmakers OK compromise Newtown privacy bill

Connecticut lawmakers passed a compromise bill early Wednesday preventing the release of crime-scene photos and video evidence from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and other Connecticut homicides.

Mug shot website sues Utah sheriff for jail photos

The owner of a website that publishes inmate booking photos is suing a Utah sheriff for denying a public records request for more than a thousand mug shots.

Fla. House passes bill on voter emails

The Florida House has passed a bill that would exempt voters’ email addresses from the state’s public records law if they are collected through voter registration.

Kansas judge blocks use of ‘In Cold Blood’ files

A judge ruled Tuesday that investigation materials from the 1959 “In Cold Blood” murders kept by a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent at home may not be auctioned off or publicly disclosed until he’s had a chance to review them.

Tennessee legislators vote to block access to gun carry records

Before last year’s elections, the Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in Tennessee. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.

San Jose ordered to disclose electronic messages

A Northern California judge has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by San Jose officials about city affairs are public records.

Mixed forecast for Sunshine Week

The forecast from this year’s National “Sunshine Week,” which annually focuses on issues of freedom of information and transparency in government, is “partly cloudy, with some sun and some storms.”

US citing security to censor more public records

The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.

New group seeks to improve access to Mich. records

A new statewide organization aims to help people gain access to public records and meetings.

N.C. justices side with lawmakers on map disclosures

State Supreme Court says attorney-client privilege means documents involved in redistricting can remain confidential.

N.Y. newspaper removes handgun-permit data from website

Journal News takes down the information just three days after the state enacts a gun-control law that includes privacy provisions for permit holders.

N.Y. gun law turns public records private

State Legislature gives gun-permit holders wide latitude to keep their records out of public view. Also:

N.Y. gun bill touches on public-records law

Provision would limit state Freedom of Information Law to protect handgun owners from being identified publicly.

Wash. justices limit which court records become public

State high court says sealed documents are not presumptively public unless a judge relies on them in making a decision.

Univ. of Iowa ordered to release settlement agreement

State appeals court says public’s right to know outweighs privacy of former medical school employee who was allowed to quietly resign after a personnel dispute.

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