From StarTribune.com: In the future, a new state law will limit public access to nonviolent crime records for 16- and 17-year-olds. It’s part of a comprehensive legislative effort to get offenders … past a permanent roadblock that often leads back to a jail cell.
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From Pioneer Press: Advocates for more transparency in payouts to government employees who resign under fire won another victory this legislative session, but full disclosure remains elusive.
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From Minnesota Public Radio: ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The company hired to oversee a major reconstruction project for the St. Louis County Schools will argue today before the Minnesota Supreme Court that certain data involved in the project is not subject to the state's open records law.
Read More… from Johnson Controls takes secret data case to Minn. Supreme Court
You have a right to know. This is Sunshine Week, a time to celebrate access to government and to remind officials that their records and meetings are your records and meetings.
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From Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MNCOGI):
On Thursday, March 14, the annual Freedom of Information Day celebration, will be held at Minneapolis Central Library. An important component of the event is honoring the recipient of the annual John A. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. The winner is a Minnesotan or Minnesota institution whose work demonstrates leadership and commitment to the power of information to effect change. Nominations are open until March 1.
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Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for February 8, 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:
Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 26, 2012
From Duluth News Tribune:
The Minnesota Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of the Tower Timberjay on Tuesday in the small newspaper’s continuing quest to obtain records from Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls for work the company did in helping to build new facilities for the St. Louis County school district.
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From Park Rapids Enterprise.com:
Hubbard County will implement a fee system for retrieval of online land records, in part to protect a valuable commodity and to protect taxpayers’ interests.
The county has subscribed to an online program that makes public property records such as locations and deeds more accessible.
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