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Twenty state and national groups supporting a bill that would strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law as soon as he receives it from the state legislature.

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The publisher of an Upstate New York newspaper has a day in court Monday.

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Three newspapers in Connecticut sent reporters to all police departments in the state and found that some of them refused to release documents they're required to disclose under Connecticut's Freedom of Information Act.

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Some Connecticut legislators acknowledge they're struggling over whether to support proposed legislation that would limit public access to 911 audio tapes, additional types of crime scene photos, and law enforcement audio recordings.

The legislation stems from recommendations of a task force that reviewed ways to balance victim privacy concerns with the public's right to know. The panel was created by the General Assembly last year in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's licensed handgun owners can keep their information private using a new form from State Police.

The forms, available online, should be submitted at county offices where pistol owners registered.

They can exempt their information from the state Freedom of Information Law, which some newspapers have used to identify owners.