Public records law taking a coronavirus hit: Let us know if it’s happened to you

State and local governments are temporarily suspending public records laws amid the coronavirus pandemic, taking away a crucial accountability tool for journalists. Most have said their orders have an expiration date. The AP is writing about this and is looking for examples of journalists who have sought information under state FOIA laws and are being told they will have to try later, when the law is again being enforced.

If you have examples of this happening in your area, we’d appreciate an email by Tuesday evening, May 12, to AP state government team editor Tom Verdin at; let him know if the reporter or editor involved is willing to be interviewed.

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