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OpenGov Voices: “Open,” the world’s first short film on open government and open source

September 30, 2015 10:40 AM

If you’re reading this, you’re likely familiar with the terms open government, open data and open source. You probably understand how civic engagement is being radically transformed through these movements. Read more »

Florida First Amendment Foundation: Texting blitz to save firefighters from demotions violated spirit, intent of Sunshine Law

September 30, 2015 10:29 AM

When it became clear Monday the Jacksonville City Council would not spend $320,000 to prevent fire department demotions, the firefighters’ union president sent out a flurry of text messages to council members in a last-ditch, real-time — and private — lobbying push for a second vote. Read more »

Michigan: University plans release of course evaluation data

September 30, 2015 10:23 AM

Engineering Prof. James Holloway, the vice provost for Global and Engaged Education, said Monday the University could implement plans to release course evaluation data as early as this semester.

Holloway’s announcement at Monday’s Senate Assembly Committee on University Affairs’ meeting came as a surprise to many of the committee’s members.  Continue>>>


Editorial by Jonathan D. Jones: Government transparency is being lost in N.C.

September 30, 2015 10:19 AM

As the General Assembly concludes its business for the year, it is time to take stock of changes made to North Carolina's sunshine laws.

So far lawmakers have approved, and Gov. Pat McCrory has signed, seven new exemptions to the Public Records Law. Three more lurk in the recently finalized budget bill.  Continue>>>


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>>>


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>>>


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>>>


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


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

Contact: Daniel Bevarly

239.823.1811 •  dbevarly@nfoic.org Read more »

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