- Oklahoma Democratic Party sues governor over records request Updated: Feb-12-16 5:14 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Democratic Party is suing Gov. Mary Fallin, alleging that her office has failed to provide requested public records.
- Senate panel plans changes to limits in police video bill Updated: Feb-10-16 4:16 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Senate committee is considering an overhaul of a bill that would give Indiana police departments broad authority to withhold body camera video amid opposition from open-government advocates.
- AP Exclusive: Iranian drone first over US carrier since 2014 Updated: Feb-10-16 9:16 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, according to a U.S. Navy report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
- 2 Utah police camera bills differ on what to make public Updated: Feb-09-16 5:56 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Civil liberties advocates say one of two proposals to regulate police body cameras in Utah this year would give law enforcement too much leeway and would exempt videos of fatal shootings from open records laws.
- Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent Oklahoma editorials Updated: Feb-09-16 9:15 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
- Nominations sought for FOI Oklahoma awards Updated: Feb-07-16 12:17 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Freedom of Information Oklahoma is accepting nominations for its annual awards program which recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the First Amendment.
- Newspaper loses court ruling on school records request Updated: Feb-06-16 4:11 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A state district judge has ruled against the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in a lawsuit over access to public records.
- Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers Updated: Feb-05-16 8:08 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget.
- Senate OKs overhaul of Massachusetts open records law Updated: Feb-04-16 11:23 pm
BOSTON - Supporters of a bill that would overhaul the state's public records law said Thursday's 35-0 vote in the Massachusetts Senate would provide a smoother path for citizens and journalists seeking to access government documents.
- Georgia editorial roundup Updated: Feb-03-16 6:29 pm
Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:
- Kansas lawmakers pledge support for transparency legislation Updated: Feb-03-16 4:46 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are pledging support for a bill that would open up private emails sent by public employees about government business.
- NYC vets public-info requests for 'sensitivity' Updated: Feb-03-16 1:07 pm
NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denied he was micromanaging his image last year when his lawyers issued a sweeping mandate to review all public records requests that could "reflect directly on the mayor."
- Editorials from around New York Updated: Feb-03-16 10:59 am
ALBANY, New York - Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:
- ACLU calls for changes to state's Open Meetings law Updated: Feb-01-16 7:30 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is calling for revisions to the state's Open Meetings law after it says a review found numerous violations.
- Haslam, lawmakers see need to clear pending records requests Updated: Jan-28-16 5:20 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Gov. Bill Haslam and two top Tennessee lawmakers say they recognize the need to clear a backlog of hundreds of open records requests.
- Environmental group sues Indian Health Service Updated: Jan-27-16 12:20 pm
YAKIMA, Washington - An environmental group based on the Yakama Indian Reservation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indian Health Service for failing to respond to records requests about groundwater nitrate pollution.
- Las Cruces district allegedly violated open meetings act Updated: Jan-27-16 5:01 am
SANTA FE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Public Education Department has sent the Las Cruces school district a letter about alleged violations of the state's open meetings act.
- Stenehjem: NDSU fundraising arm violated open records law Updated: Jan-25-16 4:51 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) says the fundraising arm of North Dakota State University violated the state's open records law.
- 139 public authorities in NY are behind on annual reports Updated: Jan-25-16 3:01 am
ALBANY, New York - Nearly 140 water boards, community development agencies and other types of state and local authorities in New York have failed to file financial reports with the state as required by law.
- Board wants to hire outside lawyer for shooting records case Updated: Jan-22-16 9:05 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Public Information Board agrees with its executive director that an outside lawyer should prosecute three agencies accused of violating open records law regarding the fatal shooting of a Burlington woman.
- Kansas Democrats back plan to shorten legislative sessions Updated: Jan-21-16 4:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Democrats are backing a bill aimed at shortening the Kansas Legislature's annual sessions as part of a package of measures for making state government more open.
- Federal lawsuit settled over police misconduct in Bay City Updated: Jan-18-16 7:05 am
BAY CITY, Michigan - A federal lawsuit over allegations of misconduct against former Bay City police officers involved in a confrontation a bar in 2013 has been settled.
- Illinois, other states debate laws for police videos Updated: Jan-17-16 7:59 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Some Illinois lawmakers want to make it harder for police to prevent the release of videos in response to the highly publicized dashcam footage showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black teenager.
- Cuomo proposes more openness at ethics commissions Updated: Jan-16-16 8:16 am
ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed increasing access to government information by applying the state's open-records law to the state Legislature and its open-meetings law to New York's ethics commissions.
- Chicago police unions push for destruction of old complaints Updated: Jan-15-16 7:26 pm
CHICAGO - Unions representing Chicago police officers are fighting for the destruction of tens of thousands of documents from disciplinary files dating back several decades, just as activists and community leaders are demanding more access and transparency from a department under intense scrutiny after several controversial police shootings.