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Lawyer leading Charlottesville's review of violent rally hits roadblocks while seeking access to state records

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October 17, 2017 10:00 AM

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration has not yet fulfilled a series of information requests from the lawyer the city of Charlottesville hired to review the violent white nationalist rally in August and how public officials planned for the danger that came with it. Read more...

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SC: North Augusta adds audio of council meetings online

October 16, 2017 3:57 PM

In a move that increases transparency, the City of North Augusta has started posting audio recordings of council meetings to its government website. Read more...



NJ: Towns push back against open-government bills

October 16, 2017 3:14 PM
In the mid-1970s, the Open Public Meetings Act created the basis for government transparency in the state of New Jersey. A little more than 15 years later, the Open Public Records Act followed, replacing the nascent "Right-to-Know Law."
 
Since then, the laws have seen few face-lifts, and the wrinkles are beginning to show.
 


FL: Hillsborough commissioners fail to follow own guidance on phones, public records

October 16, 2017 12:24 PM

Nearly two years after a unanimous vote to use county-owned cell phones as a way to preserve their text messages and other public records, most Hillsborough County commissioners are still choosing to use their personal phones for government business. Read more...



Tennessee government offices deny taking photos of public records

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October 12, 2017 12:32 PM
Some Tennessee lawmakers and open records advocates argue it is a citizen’s right to take cellphone photographs of public records, with some restrictions.
 
But a Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel model policy has stirred a statewide dispute over what rights are guaranteed in Tennessee open records law. Read more...
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FL appeals court: Hendry County didn't break Sunshine Law in monkey farm suit

October 12, 2017 9:06 AM
A Florida appeals court has quashed a lawsuit against Hendry County over two of its its monkey farms once and for all.
 


Democrat senator pushes for transparency on social media political ads

October 11, 2017 6:02 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said that she is working on legislation that would mandate online political advertisements be subject to the same rules as broadcast ads. Read more...



Arizona lawsuit asks FDA to disclose how dying people got unapproved meds

October 10, 2017 11:55 AM

The Goldwater Institute goes to court Tuesday, Oct. 10, trying to force the FDA to reveal details on how dying people can get access to unapproved medicines.

Attorney Jonathan Riches wants U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton to order the Food and Drug Administration to disclose exactly how it reached the decision to allow two people infected with the Ebola virus to be administered ZMapp, even though the drug had not been approved for human testing. Read more »



D.C. Office of Open Government Wins First Open Meetings Act Enforcement Lawsuit (Mostly)

October 10, 2017 11:40 AM

The D.C. mayor has lost a year-long battle to stave off defeat in a suit testing the enforcement powers in the District’s Open Meetings Act.

D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge John M. Campbell ruled September 27 that Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs violated the law by holding half a dozen meetings in 2016 without advance notice or draft agendas for the public and failing to record meetings even after staff were trained and given equipment. Read more »



California governor signs drug pricing transparency law

October 9, 2017 3:06 PM
California Governor Jerry Brown on Oct 9 signed state legislation requiring drug companies to report certain price hikes for prescription medicines in a move that could set a model for other states could follow. Read more...


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