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Access to Records, Meetings Increasingly Restricted After 9/11

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An Associated Press analysis of laws passed in the 50 states since 9/11 shows a steady increase in limits on access to government information. Legislatures passed more than 1,000 new laws involving access, and more than twice as many restricted disclosure as opened government books. States passed 616 laws that restricted access — to government records, databases, meetings and more — and 284 laws that loosened access. Another 123 laws had either a neutral or mixed effect, the AP found. (3/18/08)