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Sunshine center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

We are the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. If you are a records or meetings holder or someone seeking access to records or meetings, we hope this site will be a useful resource. Check out our educational resources about open government.

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public's access to government activity, records and meetings. The nonpartisan coalition will educate people about their rights and support their efforts to gain access, and advocate the principles and benefits of open government. Education is critically important these days because, according to Elon Poll results, a majority of North Carolina residents are unaware of sunshine laws.


Asheville decision to fly gay pride flag draws open meetings complaint

 A two-story gay pride flag was hung from Asheville City Hall Thursday in anticipation of a historic civil rights ruling. The city council apparently approved the display outside of a public meeting and the decision has drawn an open meetings complaint. 

Boone group requests mediation over records dispute

Watauga Democrat: A recently formed nonprofit has hit multiple hurdles after requesting records related to a Boone water intake project on the New River. The group is now asking for mediation over the dispute. 

Public records lawsuit filed over Appalachian State professor's emails

Watauga Democrat: A Watauga GOP leader requested emails of a professor,  who is active in Democratic politics, in October 2013. The university says the dealy is a result of the size of the request, which covers more than 19,000 emails.  

Charter school refuses to turn over salary information to state

StarNews: The same information was the subject of a public records request from the StarNews, which has since sued to get access. 

Greensboro panel discusses relationship of police videos and public records

The City of Greensboro considers video collected by body worn cameras to be personnel records of the individual officers. The panel discussion was intended to spur discussion about possible changes to the public records law.

State Ethics Commission seeking comment on inclusion of contact information in disclosure forms

Earlier this year the ethics commission pulled its online portal of disclosure forms over privacy concerns from public officials. The deadline to comment is Oct. 3

Greensboro discussion on police body cameras and public records set 

The City of Greensboro is hosting a panel discussion on the use of body-worn cameras by police officers and the state's public records law. The Sept. 30 discussion will include civil rights, press and government lawyers. 

Asheville police claim criminal intelligence exemption for recordings of public rallies

Asheville Citizen-Times: Despite claiming videos of public rallies - from Mountain Moral Monday to Tea Party events - were made for training purposes, the Asheville police denied a records request to inspect them citing the criminal intelligence exemption.