This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP's McCormick Legal Fellow Jamie Schuman wrote this article.
The bill is among the latest attempts by state lawmakers to restrict access to court case records, particularly electronic documents, in balancing the rights of those charged with crimes against the free flow of information in a democracy.
Freedom of information laws are invaluable resources to reporters covering any beat. The laws provide access to a wide range of government documents, from budgets to emails, and contracts to crime reports.