NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 29, 2012

A few state FOIA and local and Federal open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

NM court limits executive privilege in IPRA case

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50 states and no winners

From State Integrity Investigation:

The tales are sadly familiar to even the most casual observer of state politics.

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State officials make lofty promises when it comes to ethics in government. They tout the transparency of legislative processes, accessibility of records, and the openness of public meetings. But these efforts often fall short of providing any real transparency or legitimate hope of rooting out corruption. 

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Fighting state-government transparency

From Thomson Reuters News & Insight:

At a time when advocates are pushing for more transparency in government, two states are fighting in court to limit citizens' access to public documents.

Virginia and Tennessee are defending their local versions of the Freedom of Information Act which allow them to respond only to public records requests from in-state residents — and deny requests from out-of-staters.

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