Transparency organizations raise concerns about Uniform Law Commission’s redaction initiative

A letter from government transparency organizations urges the Uniform Law Commission to prioritize the public’s right to know when it studies the redaction of personal information from public records.  The June 17 letter was written by Sarah Brewerton-Palmer, legislative chair of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, and was edited and endorsed by Todd Fettig, the…

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Missouri and Rhode Island open government groups join NFOIC

News Release For Immediate Release – August 16, 2019  Contact: Daniel Bevarly, Executive Director National Freedom of Information Coalition dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 State and local public institutions are epicenters for open government and freedom of information (FOI) challenges occurring across the nation. Government transparency is a hallmark of our democracy and journalists, organizations and residents rely on their states’…

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State website aims to show how Missouri’s government spends money

Missouri has a website designed to make government more transparent, according to state Treasurer Eric Schmitt. Schmitt’s office recently launched ShowMeCheckbook.mo.gov, which he calls “a one-stop shop” for information on state finances, revenue, payroll, expenses and cash flow. “This new website is powered by over 20 million individual data points, boiled down into easy-to-use charts, graphs,…

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NFOIC in NOLA: A reaction from Missouri Sunshine Coalition

This from Mike Sherry, board president of NFOIC member Missouri Sunshine Coalition:

As usual, the annual conference of the National Freedom of Information Coalition provide a lot of food for thought. Given that it took place in New Orleans, this year’s conference also provided some good victuals as well.

I attended the May 17-18 conference, as did President Emeritus Jim Robertson.

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