Government watchdog sues San Diego for public records

From Courthouse News Service:  A government watchdog sued San Diego for records on a public spat between Mayor Bob Filner and the city attorney. San Diegans for Open Government sued the city in Superior Court.

It seeks a transcript of a closed-session meeting where Filner ejected Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jones for supposed "disruptive behavior."


Budget bill threatens public records access in California

From KPBS:  Last-minute language introduced into a trailer bill to California’s state budget would seriously threaten government transparency.

Peter Scheer, executive director of California’s First Amendment Coalition, said the amendment is meant to cut costs, but it would actually eliminate the public’s ability to get information with public records requests.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 24, 2013

We’re sorry we missed our usual State FOIA Friday last week (May 17) but we were otherwise occupied in New Orleans for the annual FOI Summit.

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.


UW-Madison seeks limits on open records regarding research