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A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier: Private-sector lobbyists stand to collect public-sector pensions...

From news-journal.com: Tatum’s city attorney says it was a mistake not to allow cameras and recorders in Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Texas Attorney General’s Office guidelines say it is unlawful...

From Tulsa World: DENVER - Judges of an appeals court said Wednesday they have to balance privacy rights against the public's right to know in deciding whether the U.S. Marshals Service will have to...

from myCentralJersey.com: PLAINFIELD — About four years ago Maria Pellum, a city resident and concerned mother, began attending Plainfield Board of Education meetings. Eventually she began asking...

From the Albuquerque Journal: LAS CRUCES — City officials have refused to release any audio or video recordings made by police when officers shot and killed 37-year-old Robert Montes on the night of...

From Federal News Radio: Under the Plain Language Act, federal agencies have already had to sharpen their public communications skills. New proposed legislation would take the spirit of that open...

From MetroNews: The Minority Leader in the state House of Delegates says legislation written to update West Virginia's Freedom of Information Act could, in a lot of ways, be a defining moment at the...

From baxterbulletin.com: BULL SHOALS — The question of what information the recorder-treasurer's office needs to provide to comply with the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act was the main topic of...

From Wicked Local Swansea: Attorney General Martha Coakley has posted all Open Meeting Law rulings by the Division of Open Government on an interactive online database. The new Open Meeting Law...

From news-star.com: SHAWNEE, Okla. — Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, has filed legislation to make the Oklahoma Legislature subject to the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts. Those two statutes...

From The Tennessean: A law that would have changed Tennessee’s open meetings law to allow elected officials to meet in secret is dead for the year, according to Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell’s...

From Truthout: Have you ever filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the FBI and received a written response from the agency stating that it could not locate records responsive to your...

From the Lincolnwood Review: As winter’s first major storm raged outdoors, a storm of anger inside Lincolnwood Village Hall Thursday as more than a dozen residents accused School District 74 board...

From the Valley Independent Sentinel: The Freedom of Information Commission started hearing evidence Tuesday to determine if three Seymour police commissioners held an illegal meeting to talk about...

From news.mcclatchy.com: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two Florida cities have won an open government award for passing local laws that ensure people's ability to speak at city meetings. The Lake Helen and...