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2 The State of Sunshine in North Carolina A presentation for NC3C by the Sunshine Center

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4 Elon University administration, staff & faculty Educational Arm of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

5 Elon Poll Variety of political topics Variety of political topics February 18-23, 2007 February 18-23, 2007 Southern States: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia Southern States: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia

6 Awareness of Open Government Laws 37% across Southeastern States 37% across Southeastern States 26% in North Carolina 26% in North Carolina Fourth among Southeastern States Fourth among Southeastern States Florida first with 55% awareness Florida first with 55% awareness

7 Importance of Access 92% in Southeastern States describe as important 92% in Southeastern States describe as important 91% importance in North Carolina 91% importance in North Carolina

8 Influences Government Operations 72% agree in Southeastern States 72% agree in Southeastern States 70% agree in North Carolina 70% agree in North Carolina

9 Open Meetings and Records …Keeps Government Honest 80% of Southeastern States agree 80% of Southeastern States agree 77% of North Carolinians agree 77% of North Carolinians agree

10 Democracy best… government operates openly 85% in Southeastern States agree 85% in Southeastern States agree 89% in North Carolina agree 89% in North Carolina agree

11 How interested in local and state government operations? 44% in Southeastern States say a lot of interest 44% in Southeastern States say a lot of interest 37% of North Carolinians say a lot of interest 37% of North Carolinians say a lot of interest

12 Current Availability and Accessibility of Local and State Government Not at all accessible. 7% of Southeastern States and 11% of North Carolinians Not at all accessible. 7% of Southeastern States and 11% of North Carolinians Always accessible just 15% of Southeastern States and 13% of North Carolinians Always accessible just 15% of Southeastern States and 13% of North Carolinians Remaining said somewhat accessible Remaining said somewhat accessible

13 Issues Significantly Related to Awareness of Sunshine Laws Age (begins at 23, drops at 65) Age (begins at 23, drops at 65) Education (graduate degree) Education (graduate degree) Gender (males more aware) Gender (males more aware) Race (Whites more aware) Race (Whites more aware) Political Party (Registered Independents most aware) Political Party (Registered Independents most aware) Income ( $200K) Income ( $200K)

14 Criteria Response Time Response Time Appeals Process Appeals Process Attorneys Fees Attorneys Fees Sanctions Sanctions Better Government Association and National Freedom of Information Coalition Study

15 North Carolina among 38 states to receive a failing grade North Carolina among 38 states to receive a failing grade Two Bs (New Jersey & Nebraska) Two Bs (New Jersey & Nebraska) Six Cs (Virginia, Arkansas) Six Cs (Virginia, Arkansas) Four Ds (Maryland) Four Ds (Maryland) BGA & NFOIC Study

16 Recent Developments in N.C. Open Records Law From the Governor From the Governor From the Attorney General From the Attorney General From the Courts From the Courts

17 The Sunshine Center is … Dr. Paul Parsons, Dean, Elon U. School of Communications Dr. Connie book, Associate Dean, Executive Director of the Sunshine Center Pamela Baker, Administrative Assistant Dr. Vic Costello, Associate Professor, Media Project Coordinator

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