Huntsville, AL: Closed records take toll on taxpayers

[Miranda] Spivack spearheaded a database project with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called State Secrets. The project examined open records laws across the country.

"Alabama is one of the most closed," Spivack said. "Pretty much on every single question we asked, the answer was no, we don't do that. No, we can charge you anything we want. No, there's no time limit," she added.

The lack of a deadline for officials to respond leaves requesters waiting with no end in sight.

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Audit suggests ASU made mockery of open records law

From WSFA.com: MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The preliminary forensic audit of Alabama State University was released by Gov. Robert Bentley this week, and the allegations it contains should raise the hackles of every Alabama taxpayer.

Those allegations include claims that current or former ASU trustees had conflicts of interest or relatives who received ASU funds improperly. The audit also outlines what appears to be serious mishandling and waste involving a contract between ASU and Medicaid.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 26, 2012

Keyboard key for AccessA few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 18, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Open meeting law needs looser definition

MASSACHUSETTS—At the risk of sounding like a geezer, I want to tell you a little about what it was like reporting on local government before there was such a thing as an open meeting law.

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