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Louisiana - PAR Releases Guide to the Constitutional Amendments

September 8, 2017 4:29 PM

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana today released the PAR Guide to the 2017 Constitutional Amendments. The Guide explains the potential impact of the three constitutional amendments that voters will consider on the Oct. 14 ballot statewide. This objective review will help voters understand the issues and the potential changes so they may develop their own positions on each proposition. Read more »



Colorado Transparency News – Aug. 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 4:59 PM

The latest news in Colorado transparency from NFOIC member Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC). Continue...



D.C. Superior Court Adds Online Access to Court Files

August 14, 2017 2:43 PM
As the public, press and researchers have long requested, the trial court in Washington, D.C., has begun making court files available online. Called "eAccess" on the court home page, the new system replaces the previous Court Cases Online portal that included for each case only a list of events (called the "docket"). The new system adds access to case documents such as complaints, motions, briefs, opinions and orders.
 


Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, Sunshine Coalition to offer free training on open government laws

August 9, 2017 11:27 AM
TOPEKA – (August 8, 2017) – Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state in the coming weeks, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government announced today.
 


Media of Nebraska becomes NFOIC’s newest state FOI alliance

July 26, 2017 1:51 PM

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CONTACT: Lara Dieringer
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D.C. Private School Voucher Program Lacks Sunshine

July 19, 2017 2:38 PM
In an unusual 1900-word story beginning on the Metro section front page and continuing almost a full page inside, Washington Post reporters Mandy McLaren and Emma Brown on Saturday (July 15) sketched a little known education program, under a (print) headline “the opacity of school choice” and highlighted in the opening text the gaps in public information about the schools involved:


Nominations sought for the State Open Government Hall of Fame

July 19, 2017 2:07 PM

Nominate your favorite advocate for open and transparent government! Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint venture by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It was developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to recognize long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states. Read more »



Registration now open for 2017 FOI Summit

July 19, 2017 2:01 PM

Each year, the FOI Summit features the exchange of ideas, experiences and strategies about the latest issues and trends surrounding freedom of information laws, policies and practices at the state and local levels across the U.S. The summit delivers two days of panel discussions, presentations, and group interaction featuring experts, practitioners and champions of transparency and open government. Join us October 13 - 14th in Nashville, Tennessee! More information here.



Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf OKs Bill Removing Police Videos from Open Records Law

July 10, 2017 4:28 PM
A new Pennsylvania law exempts police audio and video recordings from the state’s Right-to-Know Law, leaving the release of those records largely to the discretion of police.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a bill that also clears legal hurdles that kept police departments from using body cameras, likely expanding their use greatly.
 


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