Information wants to be free … but the government has other ideas.
The Freedom of Information Act is a US law that requires government agencies to provide certain information to citizens that request it. Many States also have similar laws. The problem is that vague exceptions result in endless disputes and lawsuits. Often, these requests are completely ignored or some type of ridiculous or nonsensical response is provided.
New Jersey has separate (uncoordinated) laws for records and meetings. Violation rate is extremely high and numerous government agencies were caught overcharging. There are large numbers of lawsuits across the State and the laws are often disregarded. There are currently large numbers of complaints that e-mail is used to circumvent public meetings act: