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Photographing public records to save time a big no-no in Tennessee

September 2, 2015 1:40 PM

In Tennessee, people can inspect public records for free, but grabbing a photo could cost them.

As often as Tennessee officials gripe about copying these records, one might think common sense would prevail. Copying these records, officials say, is such a burden they have no choice but to charge fees — often as high as $1,000.  Continue>>>

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Jackson, Miss., becomes first What Works city to sign executive order on open data

September 2, 2015 1:06 PM

In a huge step forward for transparency in the city of Jackson, Miss., Mayor Tony Yarber has today signed an executive order that will create an open data policy and establish a powerful commitment to government openness. Read more »



Tennessee: Hearings could force charges to public to inspect government records

September 2, 2015 12:55 PM

Changes to Tennessee law could force you to pay access fees to inspect public records. 

Currently free, governments and municipalities are considering charging citizens fees to read and examine any records that are part of the typical governmental process, such as inspections, deeds and licenses.  Continue>>>

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Florida Sunshine, open meeting seminar planned for Orlando

September 1, 2015 3:50 PM

The Orlando Sentinel Media Group will host the First Amendment Foundation's fall Sunshine Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The one-day seminar gives an overview of Florida public records and public meeting requirements as well as a legislative update and discussion of media law issues. Continue>>>

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Vermont State Treasurer Pearce Wins Transparency Award

September 1, 2015 3:29 PM

MONTPELIER, VT.—State Treasurer Beth Pearce this week was named a recipient of the President’s Award from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, or NASACT, at their annual conference held this year in Chicago. Read more »



Veteran newspaper editor and Sunshine Week pioneer named to FOI Hall of Fame

August 31, 2015 3:09 PM

NEWS RELEASE

Veteran newspaper editor and Sunshine Week pioneer named to FOI Hall of Fame

Contact: Daniel Bevarly

239.823.1811 •  dbevarly@nfoic.org Read more »



Massachusetts regional forums to focus on Open Meeting Law

August 31, 2015 10:20 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy's office will hold four regional educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state this fall. Read more »



Utah: Weber State professor wins bid to open campaign finance records

August 31, 2015 10:12 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — A physics professor, curious about local political spending, has won his Utah Supreme Court bid to open records from the former Envision Ogden civic group. Read more »



Va. Supreme Court secretary responds to FOIA lawsuit

August 31, 2015 9:12 AM

The administrators of the state court system say they're not the custodians of a collection of case records contained in their computer system, so the state law guaranteeing the public access to government records doesn't apply to them. Read more »



Transparency Watch: D.C. Schools Task Force to Meet for Two Years, Develop Ideas In Secret

August 31, 2015 9:02 AM

Issues that have been contentious in public about the future of schools in the District seem poised to disappear behind closed doors—including where to put new schools, better sharing of good ideas, reducing student mobility, serving those students not now thriving, and getting better information to families puzzled by the dizzy array of choices.  These and more will be on the agenda for a new “Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force,” according to materials released August 19 by Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennifer Niles. Read more »



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