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Bill requires Arizona schools to list immunization rates for infectious diseases

Feb. 9 — Arizona parents have a right to know the vaccination rates of students in public schools, a lawmaker says. Continue...

Report: New Jersey agencies face challenges as advocates seek era of open government data

Feb. 9 — Meeting the public’s demand for open government data presents both opportunities and challenges for elected officials in New Jersey, a Rutgers report finds. Continue...

Hearings slated for surveillance technology, WIAA open records bills in Wisconsin

Feb. 9 — A Wisconsin bill that would shine light on the emerging investigative technologies and techniques being used by law enforcement is headed for a public hearing this week. Continue...

Editorial: Decision to release booking photos in Montana was a victory for freedom of information

Feb. 9 — A court's decision to allow the public release of booking photos — or “mugshots” — only bolsters the state's already strong public information laws. Continue...

Major FOIA change afoot: Virginia bill protects names of state, local employees

Feb. 9 — Virginia legislation that could make it nigh impossible to discover the annual salaries of most state and local employees is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. Continue...

Concerns raised about accessibility of police body camera footage in Texas

Feb. 8 — Criminal justice watchdogs in Texas worry that some video from high-profile police incidents may never see the light of day. Continue...

New Mexico open-government group questions secret budget talks

Feb. 8 — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is calling on lawmakers to change the state Open Meetings Act’s conflicting language on whether secretive budget discussions are legal. Continue...

Idaho bill would exempt infrastructure records from disclosure

Feb. 8 — Records related to “critical infrastructure” would become exempt from disclosure under Idaho's public records law if a bill that was introduced Friday passes. Continue...

Kansas transparency pledge drawing few lawmakers 

Feb. 8 — Only a handful of Kansas' 165 legislators have signed an initiative to promote openness and transparency in state government by taking what is being called the "transparency pledge." Continue...

FOI Oklahoma seeks nominations for 2015 First Amendment, FOI awards

Feb. 8 — Freedom of Information Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its annual awards that will recognize individuals and organizations that promoted the First Amendment and the free flow of information to the public. Continue...

Arizona bills would limit access to public records

Feb. 5 — A pair of state bills would limit access to government records and make it harder to recoup legal costs after court battles. Continue...

Tensions soar in Wisconsin over public records

Feb. 5 — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday fought over open records laws covering unsubstantiated misconduct allegations against public servants. Continue...

Tennessee school district's legal bills in records fight climb to $113,000

Feb. 5 — Sumner County Schools' most recent legal bills show the district has spent more than $113,000 defending an open records case now headed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Continue...

Massachusetts passes public records reform bill 

Feb. 5 — The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday revamping the state’s much-maligned public records law, considered one of the least effective in the country. Continue...

South Carolina bill requires police to get judge's OK to withhold video

Feb. 5 — South Carolina local enforcement agencies would need a judge's permission to withhold dashcam video under legislation intended to prevent police from indefinitely blocking its release. Continue...

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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit

2015 FOI Summit from Denver

NFOIC and co-sponsor Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition convened the 2015 FOI Summit on Friday, October 9th, and Saturday, October 10th in downtown Denver, Colorado. The FOI Summit features ideas, experiences and discussions about the latest issues and trends around freedom of information laws, policies and practices at the state and local levels across the nation. Continue>>>


Knight FOI Fund

About the Knight FOI Fund

The Knight FOI Fund offers financial support in open government lawsuits, fueling and assisting the pursuit of important FOI cases. The need arose from the realization that the economic crisis and the evolution of the news media has resulted in declining levels of FOI advocacy. Continue > >


About NFOIC

We are a nonpartisan alliance of state and regional affiliates promoting collaboration, education & advocacy for open government, transparency and freedom of information. We award grants, publish FOI and FOIA news, provide transparency education and support to state and local governments, supply state sample FOIA request letters and Federal FOIA request letters. Continue >>

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The National Freedom of Information Coalition protects the right to open government. We are a national, nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)3 organization consisting of more than 40 state and regional affiliates, with a membership representing journalists and news media organizations, attorneys and law firms, educators, watchdog groups and individuals.

Our mission is to ensure openness, accessibility and transparency in government and public institutions.  Our primary focus is at the state and local levels.

NFOIC exercises advocacy, education and resolve. We are keenly aware of the challenges to access information in an increasingly digital world.

We strive to bridge the gap between the public and the written, verbal and increasingly digital information held by public officials that citizens are entitled to in our democracy.  NFOIC works as an intermediary to resolve conflicts between the public and their public institutions through collaboration and understanding of the challenges that create them and the solutions to resolve them.

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File and track FOI requests at NFOIC state and regional coalition sites using FOIA Machine

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and FOIA Machine (FM) have teamed to help people file and track their FOI requests online through select NFOIC state and regional member web sites. Visitors to  NFOIC coalition web sites will be able to use FOIA Machine's technology to prepare, file and track their FOI request to public agencies at the local, state, or federal levels. More...


 

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