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Government friction with private email use

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, March 07 2015 Mar 7, 2015 March 07, 2015 10:31 AM March 07, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

SALEM - The types of transparency questions surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal email to conduct business while secretary of state are nothing new in statehouses across the country.

Governors and other elected officials routinely use private emails, laptops and cell phones for government business, a popular strategy that sometimes helps them avoid public scrutiny of their actions.

Open-records fights over private emails have had varying results.

Most state transparency laws were written before electronic communications were common, and they vary significantly in how they handle public business conducted through private accounts and devices.

Even in states requiring disclosure, it's difficult to know whether officials are disclosing all relevant records when they are the only ones to have access.

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