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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.


Wilmington paper files records lawsuit against charter school

The Star-News of Wilmington filed an open records lawsuit Thursday against Charter Day School, Inc. over financial records. The paper asked for the records in May. 

Gated town ousts planning board member in closed session

Star-News: Lack of transparency in removal of public official has created tension in the gated community of St. James, which is also incorporated as a municipality. 

Dept. of Public Safety cites 'security plans' exemption in refusal to disclose agencies that received military equipment

WRAL requested the agency-level data from the Department of Public Safety, which said the information was covered by the security plan exemption to the state public records law. North Carolina is one of a small number of states that has refused to release the information. 


Greensboro to host panel on police body camera recordings as public records 

WFMY News 2: Greensboro officials are putting together a panel discussion on when and how video recorded by cameras worn by police officers should be released to the public. 

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.