Nebraska public utilities, media organizations trying to find compromise in public-records case

Failing to clarify a law exempting the state’s public power providers from making proprietary records public could affect ratepayers, representatives of those public utilities told the Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. But media organizations said a proposal by Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango on behalf of the public power industry carved out too much…


Editorial: Nebraska Public utilities should make records public

Nebraska public records law tilts, with good reason, toward openness on governmental fiscal matters. Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent. Under state law, public records should be “liberally construed when the fiscal records of a public body are involved.” This important accountability requirement applies to a range of public bodies, including…


Nebraska AG’s office argues judge should dismiss lawsuit seeking release of information death penalty drugs

Photos taken in October of the packaging of Nebraska’s lethal injection drugs constitute attorney work product and should not be released to the public, an attorney for the state’s prison system has argued. In briefs filed in three lawsuits, Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Ryan Post said the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services denied public records…


Hastings city new laws take effect Friday

From KHASTV: Hastings, NE — There are a few new laws on the books today. As a result, local governments can’t overcharge for copies of public records. The law states that the fee can’t exceed what it costs the public agency.

As of Friday morning, the Hastings Police Department’s rates remain at $5.00 for a report or a copy of a photograph.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 14, 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:

Indiana jail records coming to smartphones


Private flights cost foundation $80K


The University of Nebraska Foundation spent more than $80,000 last year on 21 flights aboard its private aircraft, opting to use the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air instead of taking often less expensive commercial flights, according to flight records obtained by The Associated Press.