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2015 Traffic Fatalities Data Has Just Been Released: A Call to Action to Download and Analyze

September 1, 2016 2:58 PM


That is the number of people who died on our nation’s highways in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. Your neighbor driving to work. Your niece walking to the park. Your brother biking home. Every day, nearly 100 people die from vehicle-related accidents. Continue...


NJFOG Press Release: Spotswood School Board meeting minutes don’t make the grade, lawsuit claims

September 1, 2016 2:11 PM

An initial hearing will be held on September 28 in New Brunswick before Middlesex County Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis for a lawsuit alleging that the Spotswood Board of Education has violated the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Read more »

New Jersey: State Supreme Court will hear S.J. open public records case

August 31, 2016 10:38 AM

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided it would hear a dispute between Galloway Township and the New Jersey public-records advocate and blogger John Paff over the state’s Open Public Records Act.

The conflict is over the access of electronic records under OPRA.

What is not in dispute is that Paff made an electronic request for information. Continue... Read more »

Missouri: Lawmakers need to clarify their role in Sunshine Law, auditor finds

August 31, 2016 10:30 AM

Among the findings in the report released by the state auditor Monday, both the Missouri House and Senate were criticized for a lack of policy regarding open records. Read more »

How officials are trying to make open data gains last

August 31, 2016 10:24 AM

As the Obama administration comes to a close, the White House is seeking to highlight progress it's made to open and use data over the past eight years — while pushing those inside and outside government to continue the momentum. Read more »

FOIA case pits Indian tribe against CT Dept of Banking

August 30, 2016 1:09 PM

As the state battles an Oklahoma Indian tribe in court over the operation of its high-interest loan program, a second legal front has opened up over the alleged destruction of social media posts by the former top lawyer for the Department of Banking.

The legal wrangling opens a new area of law in the internet age, where regulators will have to determine when work-related social media posts become part of the public record. Continue... Read more »

DoD could get ‘blank check’ to deny FOIA requests, groups say

August 30, 2016 12:42 PM

Almost 40 interest groups are appealing to Congress to nix a provision in a defense policy bill that would give the Pentagon more control over what information it wants to release to the public. Read more »

MU professor, AG candidate argues his emails are not public record

August 30, 2016 12:36 PM

An MU law professor and candidate for Missouri's attorney general pushed back against a lawsuit filed against him over an open records request.

Josh Hawley won the Republican nomination for the spot earlier this month, amidst a contentious race against state Sen. Kurt Schaefer by more than 30 points. He will face former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley in the November primary. Continue... Read more »

Colorado Transparency News

August 30, 2016 12:21 PM

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition Highlights from the blog and news feed Aug. 29, 2016.  View...

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