NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for August 24, 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:

Judge to hear arguments in public records dispute

DOVER — A Superior Court judge has scheduled oral arguments in a case that will determine if a Kent County sewer and water utility is subject to Delaware’s public records law or if the entity can continue to keep its detailed financial and operational documents private.

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Florida newspaper files lawsuit against Mayor Alvin Brown’s office for failing to release public records

From Jacksonville.com:

The Florida Times-Union has filed a lawsuit against Jacksonville seeking "declaratory relief" from the Circuit Court in obtaining public records from local government officials.

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FSCJ will correct Sunshine Law violations that have occurred for over a decade

From The Florida Times Union

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s board kept no minutes of workshops for more than a decade, a violation of state Sunshine law college leaders say they will now correct.

The school claimed audio recordings and handouts from meetings served the purpose but now concedes that written minutes should be produced.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 11, 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:

Is secrecy justified in George Zimmerman case?

On the very first day George Zimmerman faced a judge on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin, it appeared the special prosecutor and Zimmerman's attorney were working together to keep certain records secret.

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Media companies sue to open records in Zimmerman case

From Tallahassee.com:

A host of media companies, including Gannett Co. Inc., the parent company of the Tallahassee Democrat, and the Florida First Amendment Foundation, have joined forces in an attempt to unseal records in the high-profile George Zimmerman case in Sanford.

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