The New England First Amendment Coalition and government transparency groups across the country raised concerns today over efforts to redact certain personal information from state public records.

A national organization called the Uniform Law Commission is in the process of developing model legislation that all states can use to create per se public record redactions for a variety of categories of information pertaining to government employees.

“In our view, the existing proposal under consideration in the study committee would result in harmful and unnecessary damage to the public’s right to conduct oversight of the government,” wrote NEFAC and 24 other groups in a June 17 letter to the commission that was drafted by the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

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