The Arizona First Amendment Coalition filed a motion Monday, April 26, 2021, opposing a contractor’s request to keep secret its methods of recounting ballots in the metro Phoenix area. The contractor, Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, was hired by Arizona’s state Senate to oversee the recount of 2.1 million ballots. A judge plans to review Cyber Ninjas’…
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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.
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.
Council to weigh in on public records searches
From Arizona Daily Sun: Arizona’s public records law is this: Agencies have to keep records that reflect their official activities — ones funded by taxpayers. … But maybe it should be changed, say a couple people within the city of Flagstaff government, citing instances when it’s troublesome.
Economic Development Agencies Face New Scrutiny
From Pew Center on the States:
Several states, most of them led by Republican governors, have experimented in recent years with the idea of turning their economic development agencies over to semi-private management. The results have not been uniformly successful. Many of these organizations are struggling to balance job creation with public accountability.
Arizona undisclosed CPS records downplayed
Questions remained Monday about records that Arizona’s child-welfare agency has failed to disclose for more than a decade, but state and county officials generally downplayed the significance of the computer error that supposedly caused the problem.
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.
Republic used records law to research deaths in Arizona’s prison system
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.