AZ: Public records are available at a high price

Unifying for Florence, a local advocacy group, filed a public records request for three years worth of emails between top officials in Florence Unified School District. The district responded, saying the information was available for a price:  $42,202.50.

Using simple math, the district is saying Superintendent Amy Fuller exchanges an average of 118 pages of email with her assistant superintendents and board members each day, including weekends and holidays.

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Feds blocked key interviews in state inquiry

From Arizona Republic: Federal officials blocked state investigators from interviewing members of a second hotshot crew that fought the Yarnell Hill Fire because they feared some of their statements might become publicly disclosed under Arizona’s Public Records Law, according to correspondence released Thursday.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 20, 2013

From NFOIC:  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. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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Access to fraternities’ discipline records limited

From USA Today: PHOENIX — On Nov. 18, 20 members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Arizona State University confronted three members of a rival fraternity at a Tempe, Ariz., apartment complex. The fight ended with a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity member in the emergency room with a concussion and broken jaw. Tau Kappa Epsilon is now on probation from the university as a result.

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Phoenix computer glitch hid some CPS records for years, may have led to wrongful removals of children from families

From The Daily Courier:

PHOENIX (AP) – A computer glitch at Arizona’s child-welfare agency kept some public records hidden from parents and their lawyers for more than 15 years.

The missing records could have led to children being improperly removed from their homes and stopped caregivers from filing civil claims against the state.

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Legislation to Revise Arizona’s Open Records Act

From Wall Street Journal:

Celebrating the potential of Arizona House Bill 2272 to promote high-paying, promising jobs in Arizona's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) industries, the Public Policy Committee of the Arizona Technology Council applauded the Governor today for signing it into law.

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