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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.

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Elon Law instructor shares insights on public record requests

Elliot Engstrom, a Legal Method & Communication Fellow, recently delivered a presentation to attorneys and legal observers on North Carolina's public record statutes and case law, arguing that the state needs a better approach to ensuring government transparency.

News & Observer series on jail deaths features insights from Elon's Jones

Jonathan Jones is the director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition and an instructor in the School of Communications. 

Media coverage features insights from Jones on public records, police body cams 

Jonathan Jones is an instructor in the School of Communications and the director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition. 

2017 Sunshine Award Winners

The winners of the N.C. Open Government Coalition's third annual Sunshine Awards were announced at Sunshine Day on Elon University's campus Monday. The winners are WFAE associate news director Lisa Worf, Elon law fellow Elliot Engstrom and Orange County Government. 

Sunshine Day 2017

New N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein will deliver the Sunshine Day 2017 keynote on March 13. Join us for sessions on obtaining police video, social media requests and archiving and timely responses. Sunshine Day returns to Elon University's campus this year. 

Accepting nominations for 2017 Sunshine Awards

The Sunshine Center each year recognizes advocates, government officials, journalists and citizens who work to make North Carolina governments transparent. Nominations are due by March 1. Winners will be announced at Sunshine Day 2017

Court of Appeals rejects McCrory Administration's claims of immunity

The administration of Gov. Pat McCrory is claiming sovereign immunity in a public records lawsuit filed by several media and advocacy organizations. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals dismissed that claim and returned the case to the trial court. 

New exemptions, change in access to public records proposed in special session

The General Assembly called its fourth special session of the year Wednesday afternoon. A regulatory reform bill filed in the House would create a new exemption for certain information held by the public utility comission, expand two other existing exemptions related to personal information and would significantly change how government agencies can provide access to public records.  A separate bill would exempt photographs of people who have been arrested. A third would exempt certain information about community association managers. 

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