Mich. AG part of forum on ‘clean and open government’ in Detroit

From Mlive.com: DETROIT, MI — Mayor Dave Bing is credited with restoring a level of dignity to Detroit government in the wake of the Kwame Kilpatrick administration, but there is still work to be done.

“Building an honest and open government” is the topic of a discussion at Wayne State University from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in the law school’s Patriarch Auditorium.

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Michigan House committee to debate FOIA fees cap

From San Francisco Chronicle:  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan House committee is expected to take up a bill that would restrict how much government agencies can charge for Freedom of Information Act requests.

The House Oversight Committee is expected to consider the bill Tuesday. It would prohibit a public body from charging more than 10 cents a page for a copy of public record under the act.

 

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 3, 2013

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.

 

Blackfoot woman receives Idaho open government award

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for April 26, 2013

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.

 

New Mexico court nixes damages against NM attorney general

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Michigan woman’s failed FOIA request case could result in bigger award, appeals court rules

From Detroit Free Press:

LANSING — When Nancy Prins sent the Michigan State Police a Freedom of Information Act request in July 2008, asking for police video of her May traffic stop, she was told it was not available because the department only keeps such videos for 30 days.

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Improving Transparency in Michigan

From Sunshine Week:

Welcome to Sunshine Week, and no, I am not talking about the fickle weather in the state. I am talking about the public’s right and responsibility to keep an eye on what our government at the local, state and federal level are up to from our legislators to our bureaucrats, school boards, state universities, teachers, mayors, managers, department heads, council members, cops and others.

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College alarmed by animal rights ‘extremists’

From Courthouse News Service:

DETROIT (Nov 27, 2012) – Wayne State University is exempt from answering a FOIA request about its use of dogs in medical research, because the last time it did “animal rights extremists” threatened its researchers with “torture and death,” the university claims in court.

The university sued the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in Wayne County Court.

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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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