NMFOG sues AG’s office, HSD to release behavioral health audit

From New Mexico Telegram: An open government group announced it would sue for the release of a behavioral health audit from the Attorney General’s office as well as the Human Services Department.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government made the announcement in a Tuesday afternoon press release.


LSU board turns over presidential search records to district judge in public records lawsuit

From Daily Journal

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The LSU Board of Supervisors has given its presidential search records to a Baton Rouge judge, who will keep them hidden during an appeal of her ruling that the documents are public records.

LSU lawyer Jimmy Faircloth says the documents were delivered in two batches Tuesday to Judge Janice Clark.

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LSU presidential search records will be given to judge, but not public, under new compromise

From The Times-Picayune: Information about the candidates LSU considered for university president will be provided to a state district judge, but not to the public or the newspapers who are suing for the information, under a new compromise between the attorneys in the case.

The information will be kept secret until LSU finishes its appeals process, which could take months.


Sierra Club sues for public records in NE Ohio probe of illegal dumping of fracking wastewater

From The Republic: COLUMBUS, Ohio — An environmental group seeking documents related to alleged illegal dumping of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a northeast Ohio storm sewer is suing the state for access to the records.

The Sierra Club filed its suit Monday in the Ohio Supreme Court. The group alleges the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has not produced records responsive to a public records request sent six months ago.


NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 13, 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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La. public records suit filed against superintendent

From Houston Chronicle: BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A college student from Baton Rouge who has clashed with the education department over its voucher program filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White.

Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, said White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he's sought about the voucher program and a law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms.


Legal dispute over public access to 911 calls reaches Maine’s highest court

From Bangor Daily News: PORTLAND, Maine — Attorneys on opposite sides of a legal dispute over public access to 911 call transcripts suggested Monday that dangerous precedents could be set if their sides did not prevail.


Public records sealed in Best Buy assault case

From ActionNewsJax.com: JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Circuit Court Judge Adrian Soud must decide whether to allow the release of what Jacksonville media argues should be public record and important to the coverage of a high-profile case. His decision could make United States history.

Soud sealed records of a police report regarding the alleged attack on a nine-year-old girl in a bathroom at the Southside Boulevard Best Buy last month. A portion of a report included part of an alleged confession from the defendant, James Tadros.