In announcing upgrades to Open Meetings Law, New York State Senate cites coalition’s study

In a press release announcing amendments to the state’s Open Meetings Law, the New York State Senate mentions the work of the New York Coalition for Open Government, which has reported widespread failure of local governments to post meeting documents online. “A recent study by the New York Coalition for Open Government (“Local Governments Struggle with…


Did the Utica school board break the Open Meetings Law?

From Utica Observer-Dispatch:

UTICA — School boards legally can meet in private for several reasons, including matters of security, contract agreements or to discuss pending litigation.

One thing they can’t talk about in executive session: The budget.

Yet that’s what some members of the Utica City School District Board of Education say happened Tuesday.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 12, 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:

Michigan schools create their own FOIA interpretations


Highway chief: Town board violated open meetings law


Rick Waldron felt good.

After spending months researching, traveling and bargaining for a new tractor, the longtime Springport highway superintendent believed he had finally ironed out a good deal. So when it was his turn to speak during Springport's monthly meeting on April 9, Waldron stood in front of the town board and detailed his work.