- Ohio treasurer alleges governor killed online spending bill Updated: May-29-16 1:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's treasurer is accusing the governor of killing a signature bill in 2014 that would have assured the future of his online database of government spending.
- Despite transparency push, budget talks likely to be private Updated: May-28-16 10:55 am
BOSTON - When a handful of Massachusetts lawmakers convene in the coming weeks to negotiate a final version of the $39.5 billion state budget, they will most likely follow tradition by doing so behind closed doors - notwithstanding the newfound pledges of transparency echoing around Beacon Hill.
- Missouri GOP attorney general candidate sued over emails Updated: May-26-16 5:07 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A former Republican state lawmaker has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the University of Missouri to release more emails from associate law professor Josh Hawley, who is facing a tough GOP primary in the campaign for attorney general.
- Judge: Closed meetings in Columbus broke Open Meetings Act Updated: May-26-16 3:49 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A judge says the city of Columbus can't hold split meetings of its city council to avoid open meetings requirements.
- SC House adds dashcam item to public records overhaul bill Updated: May-26-16 3:31 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The House has again passed a major overhaul of South Carolina's public records law to try and work around the objections of one senator.
- Fernley pool board broke open meetings law twice Updated: May-26-16 1:41 pm
RENO, Nevada - Nevada's attorney general says a board overseeing the public swimming pool in Fernley broke the open meetings law when it failed to provide proper notice about a meeting called to correct a previous violation of the law.
- The Latest: Bill on voting hours heads to Ohio governor Updated: May-25-16 11:08 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest on legislative activity at the Ohio Statehouse as lawmakers seek to wrap up work before their summer break (all times local):
- NY board OKs $485M for Buffalo solar plant amid questions Updated: May-25-16 4:07 pm
ALBANY, New York - A state oversight board controlled by the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has authorized spending $485 million to complete a solar panel production plant, the centerpiece of Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" economic development program.
- South Carolina editorial roundup Updated: May-25-16 1:41 pm
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
- Attorney general: UK violated Kentucky's open records law Updated: May-24-16 12:45 pm
- State board: Baltimore Dev. Corp violated open meetings act Updated: May-24-16 10:43 am
BALTIMORE - A state board says the Baltimore Development Corp. improperly barred the public from meetings about a proposal that the city borrow $535 million to pay for infrastructure projects on land owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank.
- Gov. McAuliffe takes state plane to Final Four, Cuba Updated: May-23-16 12:01 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Records show that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has used a state airplane to fly to Cuba and a University of Virginia basketball game in Chicago, among other destinations.
- Court: DA can't sue to block records release Updated: May-20-16 9:55 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Supreme Court says a prosecutor isn't a public employee and can't sue to block the release of files detailing an investigation into his conduct.
- Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials Updated: May-19-16 1:44 pm
The Journal Times of Racine, May 17
- Bill would shield scholarly research from open records laws Updated: May-18-16 3:35 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A bill introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly would shield public access to records involving scholarly research at public universities.
- Overhaul of SC public records law may be closer to passing Updated: May-18-16 3:08 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A bill that would reduce fees and wait times for documents under South Carolina's public records law may be closer to passing this year.
- Columbus mayor fined for open meetings violation Updated: May-18-16 7:09 am
COLUMBUS, Mississippi - The state Ethics Commission has imposed a $500 fine on Columbus Mayor Robert Smith after finding that he violated a Mississippi Open Meetings Act last year.
- Public records audit details response of New Mexico offices Updated: May-17-16 8:07 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - An audit by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government found it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices in the state to fulfill public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.
- AEA files lawsuit to halt health premium increases Updated: May-17-16 6:14 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Education Association on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the state teacher's insurance board over what AEA attorneys say is a violation of the Open Meetings Act.
- Missouri Legislature scales back public access to records Updated: May-15-16 2:40 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Legislature this session voted to curtail public access to some public records that lawmakers have sought to seal for years.
- The Latest: Brody to appeal disputed campaign contributions Updated: May-11-16 7:45 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Latest on scrutiny over recent Idaho Supreme Court campaign contributions (all times local):
- Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers Updated: May-10-16 10:01 am
The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette. May 6, 2016
- Report: Navy hospital ship was plagued by poor leadership Updated: May-09-16 12:05 pm
NORFOLK, Virginia - Investigators have concluded that a U.S. Navy hospital ship designed to perform humanitarian missions and build goodwill for the country abroad was plagued by leadership problems for years before it set off to Latin America last spring with a brand-new commanding officer.
- Commission: Deadwood violated open meetings law Updated: May-05-16 2:00 pm
DEADWOOD, South Dakota - The South Dakota Open Meetings Commission has found that the city of Deadwood violated open meetings laws in phone conversations related to use of the Days of '76 concession stands.
- Attorney general says Kensal school board violated state law Updated: May-05-16 7:56 am
FARGO, North Dakota - The North Dakota attorney general says the school board in Kensal violated open meetings laws by failing to give notice and take minutes for two committee meetings.