Citizens for a Healthy Community Files FOIA Lawsuit

From Merchant Herald:

Today, Citizens for a Healthy Community and the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to force the government to reveal the names of the individuals or corporations that nominated 30,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s North Fork Valley for oil and gas drilling.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 8, 2012

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:

Des Moines school district says Sebring emails are public files

A Polk County district judge next week will listen to arguments regarding the release of additional personal emails sent and received on the Des Moines school district’s public account by former superintendent Nancy Sebring.

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State should fix gaps in open records laws

From Canon City Daily Record:

A dispute over legislation that would codify public access to voted ballots sheds light on shortcomings in state open records laws in the digital age. The flap centers on efforts by Marilyn Marks, an Aspen resident and founder of Citizen Center, to obtain e-mails between county clerks on Senate Bill 155.

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Sen. Harvey: School districts will retain right to keep negotiations with teachers private

From ColoradoSenateNews.com:

Despite the best attempts of Capitol Republicans, school districts will retain the right to keep collective bargaining negotiations under wraps.

A bill to require negotiations between school districts and teachers be made public was killed on a party line vote Wednesday afternoon, despite the urging of several teachers to open such talks.

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