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ACLU of Oklahoma files open records request following OKCPS proposed school consolidations

March 24, 2017 6:49 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma has filed an open records request into a proposed round of school consolidations in Oklahoma City.

On Monday, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora presented a plan to consolidate five schools as the school looks for cost-saving measures. The following schools were in the proposal:
Edgemere Elementary
FD Moon Academy
Gatewood Elementary
Green Pastures Elementary
Johnson Elementary Read more »



Access To Public Records In Florida May Change. Why You Should Care About It?

March 24, 2017 6:41 PM

Florida allows some of the easiest access to government records and meetings of any state in the country under the state's Sunshine Laws.

People have a right to access state documents like minutes from meetings between government officials, foster care case files and environmental studies. Government meetings for the most part are open to the public for anyone to attend.

This is obviously helpful to reporters, lawyers and investigators, but these records are available to anyone who requests them. Read more »



Wisconsin panel votes to purge cases from state online court database

March 24, 2017 6:37 PM

Wisconsin's courts director is considering removing records of criminal cases that ended in dismissal or acquittals from the state's popular online courts database within months, rather than decades, out of concern that people are abusing the information. Read more »



Kentucky AG Seeks to Intervene in Open Records Case

March 24, 2017 12:21 AM

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to join in an open records dispute between Kentucky State University and a student newspaper.

Beshear's office said Tuesday he filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene.

At issue is KSU's refusal to turn over records related to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The University of Kentucky's student newspaper is seeking the records. Read more »



TCOG: Senate committee approves bill requiring more financial disclosure by lawmakers

March 24, 2017 12:18 AM

Tennessee -- The Senate State and Local Government Committee recommended for passage legislation that would require members of the General Assembly to disclose when they receive trips paid by a person with an interest in public policy. Read more »



CFOIC: Colorado Senate passes digital open-records bill, adds exemption for ‘critical infrastructure’

March 24, 2017 12:06 AM

The Colorado Senate endorsed a heavily amended version of the open-records modernization bill Tuesday evening, adding a broad exemption to bar the disclosure of records that “could endanger public safety or the operation of critical infrastructure.”

The new provision in SB 17-040, requested by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, would exclude such data from the definition of public records in the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Read more »



Will Florida’s Constitution revision follow Sunshine laws?

March 22, 2017 6:45 PM

Florida’s unique quest to update its state Constitution begins Monday as the 37-member commission meets for an organizational session in the Florida Senate chambers, and tensions have already started to mount behind the scenes.

The group, dominated by Republicans, will meet briefly for two hours, review its proposed rules and go over the state’s ethics and Sunshine laws. The draft rules, however, are already stoking some debate. Read more »



UNC one of two universities to use new public records request portal

March 22, 2017 6:37 PM

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Public Records Office has changed the way people make public records requests to the University.

They now use Next Request, a web-based portal, to field public records requests. Before this change, requests were made via email and displayed as open or closed on the public records website.

Gavin Young, senior director for the Public Records Office, said the University of New Mexico is the only other school using Next Request. Read more »



Department of Homeland Security releases annual FOIA report - Backlog down as requests increase

March 22, 2017 3:43 PM

The Department of Homeland Security released its annual FOIA report for 2016. Acting Chief FOIA Officer Jonathan R. Cantor said in the report that DHS receives more FOIA requests than any other department, accounting for 40% of all FOIA requests made across the federal government. The bulk of these requests are made to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Cantor also said that DHS's sizeable FOIA backlog has reduced despite an increase in requests. Read more »



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