Researchers examine Texas, other state laws on public records response requirements, times

Five research papers were accepted to the third annual National Freedom of Information Coalition FOI research competition, which was presented online Sept. 28, 2021, at the national FOI Summit.

In all, seven one-page proposals were entered and five selected through double-blind peer review for final consideration. Then, a team of eight expert judges rated the full manuscripts based on importance, relevance to practitioners, and strength of methodology. Three of the papers earned cash prizes for excellence, of $500, $300 and $200. Top papers are guaranteed publication in the University of Florida’s Journal of Civic Information, which welcomes submissions from all researchers.

Read more here about the winning entries, include the first-place paper by Amy Kristin Sanders of the University of Texas and Daxton “Chip” Stewart of TCU examining laws pertaining to responses to public information requests in Texas and other states.