NFOIC signs on to a legal brief challenging fee waiver denials

The NFOIC has signed on to a friend of the court brief prepared by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press that challenges the City of Baltimore’s refusal to grant a fee waiver in a case where the original estimate was for more than a million dollars. The case arises out of Maryland Public…

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Accessing the 2022 FOI Summit

Have you registered for the 2022 FOI Summit? Wondering how to get access to the panels from your computer? Here’s the platform website sign-in page: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/foisu_202210/sign_in/ *Note: You may have to click “reset password” if you attended last year’s summit….

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2022 NFOIC research paper competition winners announced!

Below are the winning research papers accepted to the fourth annual National Freedom of Information Coalition FOI research competition. They will be presented online Oct. 19, 2022, at 3 p.m. (ET) during the NFOIC virtual summit. In all, seven one-page proposals were entered and selected through double-blind peer review for final consideration. Four complete papers were…

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2022 National FOI Summit, virtual

The 2022 National FOI Summit will again be held virtually this year. We are frequently updating information about the summit, including panelist information, panel topics, vendors, sponsors and registration. Check back often, and check out the links below. NFOIC members: Register here on Whova Non-NFOIC Members: Register here on Whova Schedule of events and panel…

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Transparency organizations raise concerns about Uniform Law Commission’s redaction initiative

A letter from government transparency organizations urges the Uniform Law Commission to prioritize the public’s right to know when it studies the redaction of personal information from public records.  The June 17 letter was written by Sarah Brewerton-Palmer, legislative chair of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, and was edited and endorsed by Todd Fettig, the…

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Save the dates for the 2022 FOI Summit, and watch this space for updates

Please save the dates for the 2022 FOI Summit: Oct. 18-20. This year’s summit will be online, similar to last year. Please watch this space for more details in the coming weeks. The NFOIC also soon will start accepting nominations for the State Open Government Hall of Fame. Please see eligibility details at this link. …

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Deadline is extended to May 20 for NFOIC’s fourth annual FOI Research Competition

David Cuillier, Ph.D.NFOIC Board President The National Freedom of Information Coalition’s fourth annual FOI research competition deadline for proposals will be extended two weeks, until May 20, to account for the continuing demands from the pandemic and other distractions. Winning papers in the competition earn cash awards, and authors of all accepted papers receive free registration to…

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Study finds more tax-subsidy transparency, but still ‘room for improvement’

Public disclosure of tax subsidy programs is improving generally, but more than a third of state economic development agencies still keep deals secret as they lure big business. That’s according to an April 2022 study by Good Jobs First, which reported that 62% of agencies that administer business incentives disclose reasonable information about companies receiving…

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As he tries to save lives of those in recovery, Virginia advocate is denied the state data he needs

By Lila GreenbergStudent research assistantBrechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida  Michael McDermott is locked in a legal battle with the state of Virginia in his quest to publish overdose response incidents and shed light on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of state programs battling drug addiction.  His efforts, he says, will…

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New Jersey township backtracks, drops lawsuit against woman, 82, for filing records requests

A New Jersey municipality that had sued an 82-year-old woman for seeking a “burdensome” number of public records has dropped its lawsuit, after a wave of media attention and backlash. Irvington Township in 2021 sued Elouise McDaniel for filing numerous requests under the state’s Open Public Records Act. “They were trying to intimidate Ms. McDaniel,”…

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