NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 22, 2013

From NFOIC:  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.

Minnesota high court: Business not subject to open-records laws


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.


South Washington County school board didn’t follow rules when it fired superintendent

From Chicago Tribune:

The South Washington County school board broke the state Open Meeting Law during the process of firing Superintendent Mark Porter, a state agency has ruled.

An advisory opinion by the Minnesota Department of Administration says that the board acted illegally in meetings in December and January.