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Stories with subject: Open government
  • Lawyer: Emails show college broke open meeting law 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:02 pm
  • TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A newspaper says its review of emails it obtained under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act shows that members of the Northwestern Michigan College board violated the state Open Meetings Act when they discussed whether to make video recordings of their meetings.

  • Ohio school board member gets meetings help 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 2:10 pm
  • LEWIS CENTER, Ohio - Two Ohio organizations are backing a central Ohio school board member in his challenge to colleagues over open meetings.

  • W.Va. court allows fee for FOIA records searches 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:35 am
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Government agencies in West Virginia can charge an hourly fee for locating public documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

  • Court: Legislator must turn over email records 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 1:20 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A Democratic state senator must release the names and email addresses of people who sent him messages during the bitter debate over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's union restrictions to a conservative think tank, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • W.Va. gets a 'C' on govt spending and transparency 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:04 am
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia rates a "C'' when it comes to transparency and government spending.

  • Conservation group sues for grizzly information 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:58 am
  • MISSOULA, Montana - A conservation group is suing the U.S. Geological Survey for information on threatened grizzly bears in northwestern Montana.

  • Ore. service district accused of ethics violations 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:20 pm
  • SALEM, Oregon - State ethics officials determined that members of the Willamette Education Service District Board violated Oregon's public meetings law more than 40 times during its hiring process for a new superintendent.

  • Court says utility must disclose ratepayer's info 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:44 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A publicly owned utility cannot withhold a ratepayer's home address and is required to release the information under Arkansas' open records law, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • Wisconsin city to stop redacting police reports 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 10:59 am
  • MILTON, Wisconsin - Officials in one southern Wisconsin city have directed local police to stop blacking out certain information from police reports, saying the city needs to err on the side of openness.

  • Court: Private email exempt from open records law 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 7:36 pm
  • SAN JOSE, California - A California appeals court has ruled that private text messages, emails and other electronic communications sent and received by public officials on their own devices are not public records regardless of the topic.

  • DA: Committee did not violate open meetings law 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 4:24 pm
  • WICHITA, Kansas - A prosecutor says Wichita's Airport Naming Committee did not violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act when it held two meetings without prior notification to the public.

  • Correction: Senator Assaulted story 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 11:08 am
  • CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - In a story March 26 about a report on an attack on a Virginia state senator by his son, The Associated Press reported erroneously the surname of the executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. Her name is Megan Rhyne, not Rhyme.

  • Attorneys skeptical of Oklahoma dash-cam bill 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 7:34 pm
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - Some attorneys who specialize in obtaining arrest videos from police are concerned that a bill to make Highway Patrol dash-cam videos open to the public could actually have the opposite effect and limit the public's ability to see the videos.

  • Open government group questions Martinez policy 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 5:06 am
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is asking Gov. Susana Martinez about the administration's policy for handling information requests from the Legislature's watchdog committees.

  • Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers 
    Updated: Mar-25-14 3:15 pm
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  • Justices deny Del. court appeal over secrecy 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 2:01 pm
  • WILMINGTON, Delaware - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes.

  • Mass. AG to offer webinars on Open Meeting Law 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 3:40 pm
  • BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley will offer live web-based trainings on the Open Meeting Law to help public boards and others seeking a better understanding of the law's requirements.

  • Police keep quiet about cell-tracking technology 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 3:34 am
  • WASHINGTON - Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do.

  • Open meeting complaint against Okla. ed. board 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 6:59 pm
  • ENID, Oklahoma - A current and a retired educator have filed a complaint with Enid police, asking the department to investigate the Oklahoma State Board of Education for an alleged violation of the state's Open Meeting Act.

  • Report: Connecticut police flouting records laws 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 11:30 am
  • NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Some police officials in Connecticut refused to release documents they're required to disclose under state law when asked by reporters who visited all the police departments in the state, three newspapers reported in Thursday editions.

  • Some Ohio public bodies try to stay in shadows 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 9:56 am
  • CINCINNATI - While Ohio law calls for government that is open to the public, shadowy decision-making has led to recent court battles and a legislative effort to shed more light.