Legislative tracker sounds alarm on anti-transparency bills

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers across all 50 states seeking to limit the public’s access to information will soon have more eyes watching their work. The National Freedom of Information Coalition is launching a new bill-tracking program that aims to identify, in real-time, all pieces of legislation that would affect government transparency in the states. At a time when the number of reporters covering state government has dropped significantly, transparency advocates hope the program will allow them to more easily identify bills that harm or help the public’s right to know.