Arizona coalition files motion urging court to keep recount methods open to the public

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’…


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.



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.


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.


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.