Group sues for Obama vacation records

From Watchdog.org:  HONOLULU — Aloha, U.S. Secret Service? You’ve been served. About those vacations to Hawaii, we want to know how much they’re costing taxpayers.

Judicial Watch Inc., a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based organization that focuses on transparency and accountability in government, filed the lawsuit May 6 to obtain from the U.S. Secret Service financial records related to the first family’s Hawaiian vacations.

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Food & Water Watch sues FDA for concealing records on arsenic in poultry feed

From eNews Park Forest:  WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–May 13 – Today the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch announced that it sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying that the agency has unlawfully ignored a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records related to arsenic-based drugs known as “arsenicals” that are added to poultry feed.

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Open government organization provides grant to fight county petition

From Carroll County Times:  A nonpartisan organization dedicated to the freedom of information has awarded the Carroll County Times a $12,500 grant to help cover litigation costs to fight a petition filed by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners that asks a judge to approve the county’s policy of redacting email addresses from Maryland Public Information Act requests.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for May 10, 2013

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.

 

Attorney General issues informal opinion on Iowa Public Radio questions

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NFOIC supports newspaper in legal action

Press release from NFOIC:  COLUMBIA, Mo. (May 9, 2013) – A small daily newspaper has been awarded a $12,500 litigation grant from the Knight FOI Fund after being rebuffed and stonewalled for months in its efforts to get email distribution lists from the board of commissioners in a rural Maryland county.

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Judge dismisses AL.com lawsuit seeking Birmingham Airport Authority records

From AL.com:  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – At AL.com's request, a judge this morning dismissed the media company's lawsuit, including a temporary restraining order issued in the case, that had sought public records from the Birmingham Airport Authority regarding a flight information display that collapsed and killed a 10-year-old boy in March.

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