New Mexico bill would conceal IDs of applicants for public jobs

A top Democrat in the state Senate wants to shut off public access to the names and résumés of job applicants at public agencies statewide, a proposal already drawing strong opposition from transparency advocates.

The bill is one of hundreds expected to be debated as the Legislature begins its 60-day session today.


South Dakota high court weighing release of deputy’s disciplinary records

The state’s highest court is considering whether criminal defendants should be able to see the disciplinary records of law enforcement officers who arrested them.

The South Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in Vermillion in a case involving Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office personnel records. Continue…



No agreement on whether personnel files should be made public

Whether Iowa's public records law should be amended to make public the reasons that government employees are fired sparked debate in a roundtable discussion Thursday at The Des Moines Register.

Advocates like Gov. Terry Branstad say citizens have a right to learn of a government worker's wrongdoing as a matter of public safety. Opponents like Sen. Matt McCoy worry changing the law would violate a person's privacy, unfairly jeopardize a fired worker's chances of future employment and potentially open the state to ongoing rounds of litigation.