NFOIC supports Puerto Rico coalition in brief calling for financial board transparency

The National Freedom of Information Coalition’s Puerto Rico affiliate, Espacios Abiertos, filed an amici brief in a public records appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In solidarity with Espacios Abiertos, the NFOIC, the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and the Nevada Open Government Coalition also signed the brief.  The…

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News Release – Puerto Rican open government leader joins NFOIC

      June 29, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082 Espacios Abiertos (Open Spaces), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization has joined NFOIC. The organization promotes open, transparent and accountable government in Puerto Rico to create and strengthen mechanisms for civic participation. Established in 2014, Espacios Abiertos’ objectives are to enable the people in…

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Low Marks for Puerto Rico on Transparency and Access to Information

An analysis by the Canadian-based Centre for Law and Democracy gives Puerto Rico low marks for transparency in terms of access to information and “open data” laws. “Puerto Rico needs stronger rules guaranteeing the right to information if it truly aspires to adequately implement this constitutionally guaranteed right. Its current laws are much weaker than…

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A judge just ordered Puerto Rico to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria

A superior court judge in San Juan ordered the government of Puerto Rico on Tuesday to release detailed data on every single death recorded on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall in late September. The data could provide much-needed insight into the true death toll from Hurricane Maria, which has been a source of…

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Puerto Rico governor pursues freedom of information law

Puerto Rico’s new governor has signed an executive order creating a new public affairs and public policy secretary position that will be responsible for drawing up proposed legislation similar to the Freedom of Information Act that has long been enforced in the U.S. mainland.

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