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,”…
Media of Nebraska becomes NFOIC’s newest state FOI alliance
News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lara Dieringer 573.882.4856 · email@example.com 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…
Nebraska bill on grand jury transparency advances to Legislature
A bill that would make Nebraska grand juries report their proceedings to the public will be debated by the full Legislature.
An eight-member committee unanimously advanced the measure by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Nebraska: Public records lawsuit may stir debate on government transparency
LINCOLN — A judge may soon have to decide whether Nebraska’s public records law can be used to shine light on the internal workings of the judicial branch.
World-Herald editorial: Open government law’s spirit covers texts
Times have changed since government officials picked up quill pens when they wanted to send one another a message.
But the principles behind our open government laws remain the same. The public’s business ought to be conducted in public.
“We Vote Project” Urges Transparency In Nebraska State Government
The "We Vote" project wants your voice to be heard at the Capitol. It's their goal to create a more transparent government and let the public weigh in on legislative bills.
The group held a seminar Saturday to get the word out on how their website will make it easier for you to keep track of your state government.
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.