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Email inboxes are slated to be purged this week for hundreds of state employees, The Denver Post has learned — a move that promises to eliminate access to government records that would otherwise be...
CHEYENNE – After working for nearly 30 years in Washington, D.C., Ruth Van Mark wasn’t expecting to take on a new job in Wyoming. Instead, she was planning to retire back in the state she grew up in....
During an unusual and sparsely-attended lunch meeting, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents today nominated and selected member Gary Pierson as the board’s next chairman effective March 2020....
Oklahoma House legislators will take on a larger role in overseeing state boards and commissions by regularly attending their public meetings and private executive sessions. House Speaker Charles...
SELBY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota county auditor accused of failing to make documents available for a public meeting was arrested and charged with violating the state’s open meetings law, in a rare...
Michigan's attorney general spoke for more than an hour to a packed auditorium Thursday at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland about the transparency of the Michigan government -- and...
The 10th episode of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s “Counsel for the State” podcast is out, and it focuses on the significance of Idaho’s open meeting and public records laws and this month’s...
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...