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Op-Ed from CFOIC's Jeff Roberts -- Senators: Audit nonprofits serving people with disabilities, don’t subject them to CORA

April 1, 2016 11:45 AM

The state’s 20 nonprofits serving people with disabilities shouldn’t be subject to the Colorado Open Records Act, a Senate panel decided Wednesday. Read more »



California Open Government Search Engine Adds More Features

April 1, 2016 10:23 AM

Digital Democracy, an online platform that offers remote access to hearings and information related to California politics, has added some key new features to keep users up-to-date and informed.

The searchable online database uses voice and facial recognition to identify speakers, including those who give public comment at state legislative hearings.  Continue...

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Michigan's Montcalm County commissioners deny FOIA request regarding judge’s emails

April 1, 2016 10:05 AM

An appeal to overturn a denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding emails sent by a former circuit court judge was rejected Monday by the Montcalm County Board Commissioners. Read more »



Illinois Times loses FOIA case

April 1, 2016 9:46 AM

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia has sided with Gov. Bruce Rauner in a lawsuit over disclosure of the governor’s appointment calendar, refusing the newspaper’s request for legal fees. Read more »



NJFOG Study Finds Local Authorities Disregarding Online Transparency Law

April 1, 2016 9:21 AM

Only 11 percent of New Jersey’s independent local authorities are in full compliance with an online transparency law that took effect on February 1, 2013, according to a study released by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG). Read more »



Fight Over Debt Collection Records

March 31, 2016 10:21 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union and National Consumer Law Center on Tuesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Education to turn over various documents that show how the government collects student loan debt from defaulted borrowers. Read more »



Digital disruption on the Potomac

March 31, 2016 10:09 AM

The way the world conducts business and how we live our daily lives is fundamentally changing. Some has termed this change a "digital disruption wave." Consider the following passage from Tom Goodwin — variations of which have gone viral on social media — that encapsulates this phenomenon...Continue...

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Our Opinion (South Bend Tribune): A fix for Michigan's public records law

March 31, 2016 10:00 AM

When Michigan passed its Freedom of Information Act in 1976 to help ensure public access to government records, it included a couple of glaring exemptions: the governor’s office and the state Legislature. The Wolverine state is one of two (Massachusetts is the other) with such exemptions.

A package of proposals in the Michigan Legislature would fix this oversight.  Continue... Read more »



Study: State-Level Public Corruption Affects Firm Value, Transparency

March 31, 2016 9:53 AM

State-level public corruption in the United States affects firms’ value and disclosure policies, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Steven Xiao, assistant professor of finance, and Dr. Vikram Nanda, O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair in Finance, studied state-level corruption in the U.S. and its effect on publicly listed firms.  Continue... Read more »



Federal Court Set to Hear FOIA Case on Benghazi and Clinton Emails Thursday

March 31, 2016 9:35 AM

A federal court hearing scheduled for Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., will address the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of State over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state. Read more »



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