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Open records lawsuit against Hazel's Beverage World in Boulder dismissed

November 17, 2017 11:29 AM

Boulder-based Hazel's Beverage World will be able to keep public records it obtained about Applejack Wine & Spirits in Wheat Ridge after a lawsuit seeking to keep the records confidential was dismissed late Monday.



Iowa Public Information board won't provide records related to police shooting of Burlington woman

November 17, 2017 11:02 AM

The Iowa Public Information Board voted on November 16 to refuse to provide minutes and recordings from two closed-session meetings to the state ombudsman, despite an ombudsman subpoena. Read more...



Martin County agrees to pay $12 million for circumventing and destroying records

November 16, 2017 11:18 AM

Circumventing Florida’s public records law, and destroying public documents, has cost Martin County commissioners more than $12 million -- and the toll keeps rising. Read more »



Lawmakers call for major reform on state’s culture of secrecy

November 15, 2017 9:39 AM

Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum said they will push to fix the state’s culture of secrecy in the wake of a Kansas City Star series that highlights stunning levels of opacity in state and local government. Read more...



Whistleblower Sues Interior Department For Information On Staff Shuffle

November 15, 2017 9:23 AM

A scientist-turned-whistleblower who resigned from the Interior Department in October citing agency chief Ryan Zinke’s “poor leadership” and “resume of failure” is suing to obtain information concerning his own reassignment and that of several of his former colleagues. Read more...



Boeing ruling stretched, twisted to keep government records secret

November 15, 2017 9:17 AM

Every week, government officials across Texas and private companies receiving taxpayer dollars get increasingly creative in hiding public records.

Their new tool is the Boeing ruling, a decision from the Texas Supreme Court that lowered the threshold for arguing competitive bidding as an exemption from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act. Read more...



City of West Point found in violation of Open Records Act

November 14, 2017 10:54 AM

The City of West Point vio­lated the Kentucky Open Rec­ords Act by failing to respond to a request for records, including questions about water and sewer contractors and agreements between the city and two public water utilities. Read more »



Federal Education Panel Sidetracked by Squabble Over Livestreaming

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November 14, 2017 10:44 AM

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Illinois expects to save $1.2 million with its new open source data portal

November 13, 2017 9:34 AM

The State of Illinois is anticipating $1.2 million in cost savings within the next five years following the launch of a new open data portal, technology officials announced. Read more...

Nevada Supreme Court to decide if private communications are public

November 10, 2017 11:30 AM

Emails and cell phone communications from Lyon County commissioners’ personal accounts and devices could become publicly available information if the Nevada Supreme Court determines they are public information under Nevada’s Public Records Act. Read more...



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