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Happy Holidays! A few items selected from many of interest that we might not have drawn attention to earlier: ACLU ready to challenge Clinton (Ia.) over records CLINTON, Iowa — The Citizens for Open...
From Nextgov : The Center for American Progress think tank and the transparency group Public.Resource.Org want to turn the vast holdings of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the...
From lehighvalleylive.com : Two Republican New Jersey lawmakers want to pull back the curtain on the state’s public records law by removing some provisions that exempt legislators. Assemblyman John...
From The Atlantic Cities : Today, most major cities now offer some form of an online data catalog. You can find them at datasf.org or data.seattle.gov or data.cityofchicago.org . They contain both...
From Knoxville News Sentinel : Knox County commissioners have unanimously signed off on a resolution to notify local legislators they oppose any changes to Tennessee's Open Meetings Act. "I think it's...
From nj.com : DELAWARE TWP. — The $17,239 the township has spent over the past two years defending two lawsuits and a complaint is “inexcusable. There’s no reason to spend that kind of money for...
From PatriotLedger.com : WEYMOUTH — The Patriot Ledger is asking the state attorney general’s office to investigate what it alleges are two violations of the state’s Open Meeting Law by the Weymouth...
From the Chicago Tribune : SPARLAND, Ill. — Another official has resigned in Sparland, leaving the central Illinois village board with no quorum. The departure of trustee Kenneth Crew brings to six...
From www.Salem-News.com : (WASHINGTON D.C.) - The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is refusing to process a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that would reveal what role, if any, the agency...
From The Journal Sentinel : The state Supreme Court announced Monday it will hear arguments over whether previous Supreme Court decisions authorized government officials to charge for time spent by...
from vt.Buzz : The Public Records Legislative Study Committee — meeting last week for the last time before the Legislature reconvenes in January — seems to have settled a few issues, sort of. The...
Opinion from Las Vegas Review-Journal : There is one, overriding reason why Nevada has such a clear, strong public records law: A democracy can't survive without transparency. The public won't have...
From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press : A U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. ruled that a journalist who sued the CIA under the federal Freedom of Information Act to release certain...
From Rapid City Journal.com : Although many of the incumbents in next month’s mayor and city council races pledge they are proponents of open, transparent government, they operate the most closed-door...
From nj.com : NEPTUNE — The state education department has paid more than $40,000 to cover the legal fees incurred by a New Jersey newspaper that successfully sued to gain access to department records...