The Iowa Supreme Court heard a case yesterday that could result in a powerful blow to open meetings regulations in the state of Iowa.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors laid-off twelve county employees in March 2014. Instead of deliberating in a public meeting, the three supervisors communicated through the county administrator which positions would be eliminated. Continue…
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It’s typically impossible to find any San Francisco politician or community group opposed to more openness in government, but Proposition E has managed to do just that.
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos plans a third biennial "Transparency Tour."
The tour will stop at 12 locations across the state to discuss Vermont’s public records and open meeting laws with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. Continue…
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The Idaho Legislature should require open meetings and open records trainings for all newly elected officials in the state — from legislators themselves down to county clerks and city councilmen — following a string of violations in the state.
Other states already have similar requirements, including Washington, Texas, Maine and Florida. Continue…
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Oakland County officials are pushing for the Detroit Institute of Arts to open its meetings to the public and publish its proposed budget as long as the museum accepts taxpayer money.
A committee of Oakland County commissioners met Wednesday with DIA chair Gene Gargaro to make the demands at a time when the museum has come under fire for pushing a compensation package for its top executives totaling more than $600,000. Continue…
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A report last month described a tug of war for emails among supporters of opposing Republican candidates for Missouri attorney general in 2016.
At the center of the contest is the University of Missouri, the employer of Josh Hawley, a faculty member with the MU School of Law, who wants to be attorney general. Continue>>>
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A good-government bill inspired by the Oakwood Hills Village Board’s closed-session handling of a power plant proposal is awaiting action by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) on May 29 filed suit in Union County Superior Court against the Summit Housing Authority and its Custodian of Records alleging violations of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).
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RICHMOND — A Daily Press push to open local government discussions about the performance of leaders was rejected Wednesday by a state panel studying Virginia's open meetings laws.
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AUGUSTA — Legislative leaders on both sides of the political aisle Tuesday defended a $6.7 billion state budget and tax bill crafted largely in secret negotiations between party leaders, saying they ran out of time to follow a more public process.
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