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D.C.: A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations

Oct 20, 2017 - For seven months, just over a thousand Washington, D.C., police officers were randomly assigned cameras — and another thousand were not. Researchers tracked use-of-force incidents, civilian complaints, charging decisions and other outcomes to see if the cameras changed behavior. But on every metric, the effects were too small to be statistically significant. Officers with cameras used force and faced civilian complaints at about the same rates as officers without cameras. Read more...

Maryland’s Wear The Cost to promote transparency

Oct 19, 2017 - Maryland is launching a new initiative to make information on the price and quality of health care more accessible to consumers through the website Wear the Cost. With the platform, the state has taken a decidedly different approach to improving transparency—one that engages consumers in a direct and ongoing conversation about health care costs, particularly the wide disparity among providers in terms of price and quality. Read more...

Judge fines Missouri prosecutor for denying public records

Oct 19, 2017 - A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records to a man doing research for the marijuana activist group Show-Me Cannabis. Read more...

FL: Confusion over open meetings creates unrest on constitution panel

Oct 19, 2017 - Can members of the powerful panel that has the authority to put constitutional amendments directly on the November 2018 ballot discuss votes in secret and lobby each other? That is the question Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari has been trying to get answered for six months. Now, his failure to get an answer, he said, could spell trouble for the commission.  Read more...

CT: FOI requests at a 10-year high in New Canaan town hall

Oct 18, 2017 - With a lot of sensitive issues up for discussion in New Canaan of late, the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests are at a 10-year high says New Canaan Town Administrator Tom Stadler, who also oversees the finance department. Read more...

GOP senator demands database for tax-loophole transparency

Oct 18, 2017 - Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz, on October 17, 2017 announced legislation to try to change that and to have the government post the type, dollar-amount and recipients of tax credits. Read more...

PA: Bethlehem to give greater online access to city data

Oct 18, 2017 - Bethlehem will soon be opening an internet portal through which a treasure trove of information — about things such as crime, demographics and traffic — it uses every day to make decisions will be opened up for public review. Read more...

Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure of FBI 9/11 Investigation Files

Oct 18, 2017 - A lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that may detail a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers has reached a federal appeals court, which is being asked by a Florida online publication to order a Freedom of Information Act trial on the dispute. Read more...

SPCA board removes its president who asked the public to leave the previous meeting

Oct 17, 2017 - The SPCA of Bradley County voted 4-2 Monday night to remove SPCA President Tim Waldrop from the board. The action stems from Waldrop's attempt to ask the public to leave its previous meeting when an attempt was made to add the item of removing him from the board to the agenda. Read more...

Bill revising open meeting law to allow online deliberation by public bodies is under consideration

October 17, 2017 - For several legislative sessions, David Rosenberg, of Norfolk, a retired MIT computer scientist, has pushed a bill that would revise the open meeting law to allow online deliberation by public bodies. Read more 

Roadblocks to state records for lawyer leading Charlottesville's review of violent rally 

Oct 17, 2017 - Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration has not yet fulfilled a series of information requests from the lawyer the city of Charlottesville hired to review the violent white nationalist rally in August and how public officials planned for the danger that came with it. Read more...

SC: North Augusta adds audio of council meetings online

Oct 16, 2017 - In a move that increases transparency, the City of North Augusta has started posting audio recordings of council meetings to its government website. Read more...

NJ: Towns push back against open-government bills

Oct 16, 2017 - In the mid-1970s, the Open Public Meetings Act created the basis for government transparency in the state of New Jersey. A little more than 15 years later, the Open Public Records Act followed, replacing the nascent "Right-to-Know Law." The League of Municipalities said it has 82 resolutions opposing the amendments to OPRA and OPMA, and that 14 municipalities have recently adopted the one written by the Clerks Association. Read more...

FL: Hillsborough commissioners fail to follow own guidance on phones, public records

Oct 16, 2017 - Nearly two years after a unanimous vote to use county-owned cell phones as a way to preserve their text messages and other public records, most Hillsborough County commissioners are still choosing to use their personal phones for government business. Read more...

Tennessee government offices deny taking photos of public records

Oct 12, 2017 - Some Tennessee lawmakers and open records advocates argue it is a citizen’s right to take cellphone photographs of public records, with some restrictions. Read more...

FL appeals court: Hendry County didn't break Sunshine Law in monkey farm suit

Oct 12, 2017 - A Florida appeals court has quashed a lawsuit against Hendry County over two of its its monkey farms once and for all. Read more...

Democrat senator pushes for transparency on social media political ads

Oct 11, 2017 - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that she is working on legislation that would mandate online political advertisements be subject to the same rules as broadcast ads.  Read more...

Arizona lawsuit asks FDA to disclose how dying people got unapproved meds

Oct 10, 2017 - The Goldwater Institute goes to court Tuesday, Oct. 10, trying to force the FDA to reveal details on how dying people can get access to unapproved medicines. Read more...

D.C. Office of Open Government Wins First Open Meetings Act Enforcement Lawsuit (Mostly)

Oct 10, 2017 - The D.C. mayor has lost a year-long battle to stave off defeat in a suit testing the enforcement powers in the District’s Open Meetings Act. Read more...

California Governor signs drug pricing transparency law

Oct 9, 2017 - California Governor Jerry Brown on Oct 9 signed state legislation requiring drug companies to report certain price hikes for prescription medicines in a move that could set a model for other states could follow. Read more...

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2016 FOI Summit from Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Freedom of Information Act served as backdrops for the 2016 FOI Summit. The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and co-sponsor the D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) convened the summit on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. 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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2017 FOI Summit Scheduled for Nashville, October 13-14

Join NFOIC and our host, the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government for the 2017 FOI Summit on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017 at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Learn more and register. 


About Your NFOIC

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) protects our right to open government. Our mission is to make sure state and local governments and public institutions have laws, policies and procedures to facilitate the public’s access to their records and proceedings.

Since 1989, NFOIC has worked to ensure open, accessible and transparent government. NFOIC is a nonpartisan alliance of 44 state & regional affiliates. Our members include citizen-driven nonprofit FOI organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys.

NFOIC and its coalition members advocate to remove obstacles at public institutions that block or hinder people from obtaining information that is rightfully theirs. We are keenly aware of the challenges to access information in an increasingly digital world. Please review our 2017 priorities

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Having your FOI request denied may leave no other option than pursuing legal action against the rejecting public agency or official. NFOIC offers financial support to litigate open government lawsuits through the Knight FOI Litigation Fund. Backed by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, the fund helps to defray upfront costs such as filing fees, depositions, court costs and other expenses associated with legal actions. Applications may be submitted through your state FOI coalition or directly to NFOIC. 



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