MNCOGI calls for nominations for the 2013 Finnegan FOI Award

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.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 26, 2012

Keyboard key for AccessA 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:


Minn. Court of Appeals rules for newspaper in public records fight

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.


Property records becoming a gold mine

From Park Rapids

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.


Dayton signs open-government bill inspired by Burnsville schools payout

From Chicago Tribune:

Local governments can no longer pay top officials under fire to resign without publicly saying why, thanks to a bill unanimously supported by state lawmakers and signed by the governor.

"I think it was ripe," said Rep. Pam Myhra, the bill's author. "I just think it was ready; taxpayers and parents really wanted to see this. I think stakeholders knew it was time."