Washington State paying record amount for records lawsuits

From NWCN.com:

In the state of Washington if a citizen requests a public record, it should be turned over unless there is a compelling reason not to do so. That's the law.  But investigators from KREM 2's Seattle affiliate, KING 5, have found more people than ever are accusing the state of breaking that law and it's costing taxpayers millions.

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Iowans in poll favor more effort into providing access to public meetings and open records

From The Gazette:

Two in three Iowans polled favor the creation of a board in state government to handle citizen complaints about violations of open meetings and access to government documents.

The findings come as Gov. Terry Branstad has joined open government advocates in pushing the Legislature to create such a board, staffed by a full-time attorney, to handle complaints.

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Open government lawsuit forces revote by county supervisors

From KFMB-TV:

The [San Diego] county Board of Supervisors has done an about face on a controversial land development vote, after a [Californians Aware] lawsuit claimed the Board violated California's open meeting law.

A spokesperson confirmed to News 8 that a re-vote will now be taken on rule changes aimed at streamlining land planning and development in San Diego County.

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Appeals court hears newspaper’s mug shot FOIA lawsuit

From Tulsa World:

DENVER – Judges of an appeals court said Wednesday they have to balance privacy rights against the public's right to know in deciding whether the U.S. Marshals Service will have to release federal mug shots.

[Tulsa World] is asking the Denver-based court to overturn the decision of a judge in Tulsa that federal mug shots are exempt from public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Who is flying unmanned aircraft in the U.S.?

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit [Jan. 10] against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), demanding data on certifications and authorizations the agency has issued for the operation of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones.

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