From Society of Professional Journalists:
The James Madison Freedom of Information Awards recognize Northern California organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing freedom of information and expression in the spirit of James Madison, the creative force behind the First Amendment. SPJ NorCal presents the awards during National Freedom of Information Week near Madison’s birthday, March 16.
Read More… from Call for nominations – SPJ presents its 28th James Madison Awards
We so liked the State FOIA Friday this week, we thought we’d give it this second and special edition.
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:
Read More… from Special Edition: NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 23, 2012
From U-T San Diego:
On July 24, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed its commitment to open meetings, unanimously agreeing to follow the state’s Ralph M. Brown Act even though the state had suspended the law to save money.
Chairman Ron Roberts mocked the state for its dysfunction.
Read More… from San Diego County invokes state suspension of meetings law
From California Watch
Biotech companies with operations in California – the birthplace of the industry and home to one-third of the country’s biotech firms – spent $40 million on federal lobbying between 2009 and 2011, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Center for Responsive Politics.
Read More… from Calif. biotech firms spend $40 million on lobbying in 3 years