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2017 Sunshine Award Winners

March 13, 2017

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. 

Accepting nominations for 2017 Sunshine Awards

February 24, 2017

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

Sunshine Day 2017

February 15, 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. 

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

December 14, 2016

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. 

Q&A: Police video & the law

September 23, 2016

A police shooting of a civilian in Charlotte that was caught on video by dashboard and body cameras has raised questions about how the current Public Records Law and a new revision that takes effect Oct. 1 apply.  We try to provide some answers. 

Police video bill passes legislature, sent to governor

July 1, 2016

A bill that removes all police video, including body cameras, dash cameras and surveillance, from public records passed the House and Senate this week. It creates a limited right of access for people who appear in the videos and allows a superior court judge to release the video if there's a compelling public interest. 

Judge to review Belmont investigation records, determine what's public

May 17, 2016

Superior Court Judge Carla Archie told Belmont Tuesday to turn over to the court a copy of an independent investigative report into the city's police department that led to the firing of the chief and resignations of two other officers. The document is at the center of a public records lawsuit. The city contends it is protected as a personnel record. The siblings who asked for the file contend it is outside the scope of the personnel law.