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Colorado Transparency News - 5/27/2016

May 27, 2016 1:22 PM

Newsletter of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance of journalists, civic organizations and engaged citizens dedicated to ensuring the transparency of state and local governments in Colorado by promoting freedom of the press, open courts and open access to government records and meetings.  Continue...

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This Week in Civic Tech: Congress Voices Concern over DATA Act Pilot, Two Startups Help San Francisco

May 27, 2016 10:07 AM

Officials attempting to open federal financial data are encountering obstacles after a pilot program was delayed and Congress and data advocates made allegations of mismanagement. Read more »



PennDOT information now available on open-data portal

May 27, 2016 10:02 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has launched an open-data portal that includes data ranging from roadway pavement conditions to rail-facility locations. Read more »



New York Mayor De Blasio insists his latest scheme is ‘appropriate’

May 27, 2016 9:17 AM

Mayor de Blasio emerged from hiding Thursday — after ducking reporters for more than a week — to defend his much-maligned decision to withhold communications with five confidants outside the government.

De Blasio used the word “appropriate” at least 10 times during a Washington Heights press conference to explain why his administration decided to exempt communications with the confidants from routine public disclosure.  Continue... Read more »



Mark it done: Cheap, quick public-records appeals (Ohio)

May 27, 2016 9:06 AM

Some people not prone to hyperbole are praising the General Assembly’s unanimous -- and long-needed -- passage of a bill leveling the public-records playing field between government and citizens. Read more »



Michigan bipartisan bill to make governor, lawmakers subject to open records law in doubt

May 26, 2016 12:23 PM

Backers of a measure to open the executive branch and Legislature to greater public disclosure had to be heartened by its unanimous approval last week by a House committee.

But whether the 10-bill package to extend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act to the governor’s office and Lansing legislators has a shot at becoming law this year seems less than a sure bet.  Continue... Read more »



86 requests to City Hall from feds probing Chicago police

May 26, 2016 9:58 AM

U.S. Justice Department officials have made 86 different requests seeking mountains of information from City Hall regarding their investigation into whether Chicago Police officers might be engaging in practices that violate the Constitution or federal law, according to documents obtained by NBC5 and shared with the Chicago Sun-Times. Read more »



Georgia police chiefs trained in open records

May 26, 2016 9:46 AM

Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police members underwent open government training Tuesday. 

The Valdosta Daily Times Editor Jim Zachary, in coordination with Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress, led the class on the Georgia's open government legislation.  Read more »



UK found in violation of Kentucky open records law

May 25, 2016 10:24 AM

The University of Kentucky violated state law when it denied a request for details of meetings held by a committee that decides doctors’ salaries, the Kentucky attorney general’s office has ruled. Read more »



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