Reporters barred. Records delayed. How coronavirus shrouded local government in secrecy

By Jessica Priest
USA Today Network
Originally published April 8, 2020

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Thirty-five states have temporarily altered open government laws to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of government press releases, newspaper articles and information collected by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the National Governors Association.

The agencies in these states — from the smallest municipal bodies to the biggest government entities — now can hold meetings remotely. Some allow public comment only in writing, as in Fuller’s case.

They’re also delaying public records requests.

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