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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.

News

Budget bill contains new public records exemptions

The General Assembly passed a budget over the weekend that contains new public records law exemptions for schematic diagrams of school buildings, and scholarship applications to the State Education Assistance Authority. The budget bill is now on the desk of Governor Pat McCrory.

General Assembly approves farm bill that creates new records exemption for complaints

On Wednesday, the Senate passed HB 366, which creates a special exemption from the public records law for complaints made tot he Department of Environment and Natural Resources about violations on agricultural operations. The bill returned to the House, Thursday, which also approved the final version. 

Charter school company again delays in responding to records request

Star-News: Several media outlets began requesting records related to Charter Day School Inc. in May. Some records were turned over. For others, the school said it would respond by Monday. Now it says it will be two more weeks pending a change in state law. 

N.C. State rejects records request for professors' emails related to consulting projects

Watchdog.org: Requests for email of two university professors were denied on the grounds that the emails on N.C. State accounts related to private consulting jobs and therefore did not qualify as public records.

BRAC secrecy bill heads to governor's desk

Fayetteville Observer: A bill making state government records related to military base realignment a secret unamimously passed the General Assembly Wednesday and is headed to Gov. McCrory. The information will become public after federal officials announce realignment decisions.  

Naeemah Clark and Jonathan Jones present at Chuck Stone Diversity Program

The two faculty members from Elon University's School of Communications offered presentations to rising high school seniors.

Judge unseals search warrants, 911 call related to death of UNC-Chapel Hill student

The Daily Tar Heel: Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ordered that search warrants and a 911 call related to the 2012 killing of Faith Hedgepeth be unsealed. The records had remained sealed since shortly after the UNC junior's death. 

Gov. McCrory threatens to veto charter school bill over records issue

Charlotte Observer: Gov. Pat McCrory vowed Monday to override a charter school reform bill if it allows schools to withhold names of employees. 

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