Nebraska media outlets object to governor’s new rules for press credentials

Media outlets in Nebraska have objected to an application process for press credentials, saying the governor’s new requirements appear arbitrary. “Failing to be transparent about what information tends to result in approval or denial disregards the importance of relating the questions in the application to a legitimate governmental purpose and, as such, smacks of arbitrariness,”…

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Media of Nebraska becomes NFOIC’s newest state FOI alliance

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lara Dieringer 573.882.4856 · ldieringer@nfoic.org   Media of Nebraska becomes NFOIC’s newest state FOI alliance COLUMBIA, Mo. (July 26, 2017) – Media of Nebraska, a 40-year-old non-profit coalition of print and electronic news organizations operating in Nebraska has become the newest member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition…

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Nebraska officials call for more transparency in bidding of future NU projects

Some current and former elected officials are calling for more transparency in response to no-bid arrangements the University of Nebraska has used on some of its biggest construction projects.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, former Gov. Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert were among those advocating for transparency and public bidding after an investigative report raised concerns about the university's handling of projects. 

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Nebraska bill would put more state agencies on transparency site

Nebraska lawmakers will consider a proposal next year that would place more agencies on the state's spending transparency website.

State Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Sen. John McCollister announced Tuesday that they will propose legislation that would require quasi-public agencies to submit their financial records for publication. Financial information would appear on the website, www.statespending.nebraska.gov.

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Editorial: Public notices belong in newspapers

Public notice requirements are inscribed in Nebraska statutes for many reasons, but good government is at the top of the list. Public notices ensure Nebraskans an opportunity to participate in their government and to track what's happening at city hall, at the county courthouse and in the assortment of entities that serve and regulate them.

So many areas of our lives are touched by government it is key that the people in charge are open and accountable. Public notices ó published in newspapers ó are an integral part of good government.

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