ACLU sues Missouri Department of Corrections, alleges Sunshine Law violation

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is suing the state corrections department, alleging that it ignored the group’s request to view records about the state’s execution drug.

In the lawsuit filed Friday in circuit court in Cole County, the group said it submitted a written request on Aug. 26 for records concerning the state’s supply of the drug propofol, which the state plans to use for executions on Oct. 23 and Nov. 20.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 4, 2013

From NFOIC:  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. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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Opinion: Ohio Supreme Court ruling a victory for open records

From News Leader: A recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling is a reaffirmation of the need for public records to remain exactly that — public — unless there is a clear and compelling reason for them to remain confidential.

The high court ruled unanimously in a case involving the Ohio Highway Patrol that the burden of proof lies with the custodian of public records, in this case the patrol, in demonstrating that any information withheld from the public is, indeed, exempt from disclosure under the Ohio Public Records Act.

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LSU criticized for handling of public records lawsuit

From LSU Reveille: As the lawsuit brought against the University by The Advocate and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune moves to the next phase of the legal process, critics have lined up to attack the University’s methods of carrying on with the case.

The main point of criticism has been the University’s accumulation of fees relating to the lawsuit, totaling more than $140,000 between attorney fees and penalties owed to the plaintiffs and contempt of court fines owed to the court.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 27, 2013

From NFOIC:  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. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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Lawsuit seeks Jindal adviser’s correspondence with oil and gas industry

From The Advocate: A New Orleans environmental activist is suing the state for copies of correspondence she says could shed light on conversations between Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top coastal-protection adviser and the energy industry about a local flood-protection board’s decision to file a massive lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies.

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City may sue pension board

From Highlands Today: AVON PARK, FL. – Avon Park City Manager Julian Deleon believes the time to wait is over in his recommendation to file a lawsuit in connection with his public records request of police pension plan officials.

In a Sept. 18 letter to the City Council, Deleon said it has been more than seven weeks since a public records request was initiated from police pension board administrator Carol Knapp and board chairman Greg Warner.

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Airport authority will likely appeal ruling in public records case

From Norwalk Reflector: The Huron County Airport Authority board members decided Wednesday to try and take their case all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Recently, the 6th District Court of Appeals in Toledo ruled the prior airport authority was responsible for the improper and unauthorized destruction of public records at the airport.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 20, 2013

From NFOIC:  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. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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