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SALEM — Oregon’s departing public records advocate said high fees often create a barrier for requesters seeking public information, and called for more clarity and less discretion for public bodies...
State law requires local governments to be open and transparent. These two facets are important for the community as well as news outlets, in order for everyone to be remain informed. City and county...
VALDOSTA — “Sunshine Laws: A Guide to Open Government in Georgia,” known as the state as "Red Book" has been updated, revised and the sixth edition is now available to the public. The guide contains...
BOISE — The Idaho Public Records Law, in Idaho Code Section 74-102, has a strong presumption of openness. “Every person has a right to examine and take a copy of any public record of this state,” the...
Nearly five years have passed since then-Gov. John Kitzhaber left office amid an influence peddling scandal and a backlog of public records requests from journalists seeking information about the...
Under Wisconsin’s open government laws, any governmental body has to meet in public and announce what they will discuss in their meetings so folks can decide if they want to attend. Government can...
When state Sen. John Cooke asked for email communications of the top official for the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission last fall, the agency’s response stunned him. “There are no records...
By Daniel Bevarly, NFOIC executive director, dbevarly@nfoic.org Anyone interested in transparency in state and local governments must be following the developments in the City of Atlanta. The former...
DENVER (AP) — The press operation for Colorado's liberal Democratic governor, Jared Polis, is being criticized after it asked two small town newspapers to remove from their websites a news story...
A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Forest Hill Mayor Gerald Joubert Wednesday on charges of tampering with a government record. The grand jury ruled that Joubert did not properly witness signatures...
While being trained as a Public Administrator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, one of the most rigorous programs in the country, the University made sure we left our studies prepared, not only...
The state Supreme Court has spent a lot of money — literally millions of dollars — to update the computer systems in its magistrate and circuit courts across the state. But whether that will ever pay...
Why is the $92,600 taken from the Water Fund to pay City Hall salaries something citizens should even be concerned about? Every dollar that the City can avoid paying the salaries of the City Manager...
The Jackson Free Press is asking the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to delay its unanimous vote yesterday to dispose of documents relating to its former administrations as well as former County...
STRASBURG, Colo. — The five-member Strasburg Fire Protection District board is facing a lawsuit, accused of violating state law regarding executive session. A group of concerned citizens, Friends of...