NFOIC in NOLA: A reaction from Missouri Sunshine Coalition

Submitted by LDieringer on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 10:30am

This from Mike Sherry, board president of NFOIC member Missouri Sunshine Coalition:

As usual, the annual conference of the National Freedom of Information Coalition provide a lot of food for thought. Given that it took place in New Orleans, this year’s conference also provided some good victuals as well.

I attended the May 17-18 conference, as did President Emeritus Jim Robertson.

I’ve been to several of these conferences, and I can definitely say that this is the first one where I sampled turtle soup.

In fact, dinner on Friday night was the first time I’d ever eaten the delicacy.

One of the most interesting presentations at the conference came from keynote speaker Waldo Jaquith, billed in our program as an “open government technologist.”

He briefed us on his project, The State Decoded, which turns a state’s dense legal code into something that the average citizen can read, understand, and search. I hope this is something the Missouri Sunshine Coalition can take the lead on in bringing to our state.

The conference also featured a lively discussion on the use of the “deliberative process” privilege invoked by governors.

Visit Missouri Sunshine Coalition for the rest. Missouri Sunshine Coalition is a member of NFOIC.