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From Savethenews.org Earlier this month, we issued a challenge to our members. We asked them to take a day off from work, visit their local television stations and … rifle through their filing...
From Electronic Frontier Foundation We reviewed what EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests revealed in the past year. Today, we’ll take a look at the FOIA lawsuits we filed last year and the...
From truthout.org : For the past eight years, the CIA has used an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that "protects intelligence sources and methods" to justify the withholding of...
A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier. Be sure to check out Sunshine Week 2012 News while you're at it....
From Times Union : Looking for records from Andrew Cuomo's tenure as attorney general? Good luck. Fifteen months after leaving the Department of Law, Cuomo has sent almost nothing to the State...
From BND.com : Central School District spent a little over $400 in a failed attempt to refuse a Freedom of Information Act request asking to review the district’s legal invoices. The district paid its...
From The Salt Lake Tribune : Last year about this time, most Utah media organizations, and a great many of our readers, listeners and viewers, were in the middle of a knock-down, drag-out political...
From The Daily Republic : A new state law will make all public employee contracts open records beginning July 1, a move some officials said is a good step toward open government in South Dakota. Gov....
From KUOW.org : "Trust and confidence in governmental institutions is at an all–time low. High on the list of causes of this citizen distrust are secrecy in government and the influence of private...
From SantaFeNewMexican.com : For the better part of the past year, city officials resisted The New Mexican's attempts to bring to the public eye documents pertaining to alleged embezzlement of public...
From Jurist : The Obama administration asked Congress to amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) last week to respond to the Supreme Court's decision last term in Milner v. Department of the Navy....
From ForestLeaves : Hillside Police Department must turn over a 2002 police report describing the arrest of Emanuel “Chris” Welch for domestic battery, the Illinois attorney general ordered Friday....
From Newswise : Peter Hirtle, an archivist and senior policy advisor in the Cornell University Library, highlights the exciting new business model behind the upcoming public release of the 1940 Census...
From News-Sentinel : The flaw in Indiana's open records and open meetings laws that made them ineffective was their lack of teeth. Public officials could be chided for not being open, but they never...
From OnlineAthens : Legislation to change Georgia's open government laws could soon come up for a vote in the state Senate now that a committee has approved a bill that would make obtaining public...