AR: Secrecy on school records extreme

We cringe before every legislative session begins because we know a handful of legislators will propose new laws exempting access to public information.

Such will be the case in January when lawmakers convene for the 91st General Assembly.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, filed Senate Bill 12 that, if passed, would exempt public schools — ranging from prekindergarten to state-funded universities — from releasing emergency and security records under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

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ACLU files domestic drones FOIA requests

From The American Civil Liberties Union:

On October 23, 2012, the ACLU filed Freedom of Information Act requests with five federal agencies seeking records related to the federal government’s domestic use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones – as well as plans for the future rollout of drones in the United States.

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The FOIA requests ask questions including:

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New Mexico celebrates openness in the government

From Rio Grande Sun:

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government held its annual Dixon lunch Oct. 3 in Albuquerque. The group honored four people who represent what is good in government, journalism, politics and the legal world. Additionally we honored Jim Dines, a recently retired lawyer who spent much of his career fighting for the cause of open government.

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