- 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 House approves measure for keeping state courts open Updated: Jan-21-16 8:07 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill aimed at keeping Kansas' courts open following a legal dispute involving their budget was approved Thursday by the state House.
- 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.
- Appeals court troubled over official's private email account Updated: Jan-14-16 4:46 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals panel seems likely to rule that work-related emails on a private account used by the White House's top science adviser are subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
- Attorney general: Langdon commission violated meetings laws Updated: Jan-14-16 6:00 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Langdon city commission violated state open meetings laws during two of its regular sessions in 2015.
- Nevada AG: Washoe school board broke open meeting law Updated: Jan-13-16 12:43 pm
RENO, Nevada - Nevada's attorney general has concluded the Washoe County School Board broke the state's Open Meeting Law again when it first attempted to hire a new school superintendent last spring.
- Attorney general says group erred with executive session Updated: Jan-13-16 6:05 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota attorney general says a group of counties that share economic development services made a mistake when its representatives went into executive session at one of its meetings.
- Critics hope audit brings transparency to building projects Updated: Jan-12-16 1:42 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Auditors will review how Sioux Falls picks construction firms and monitors building projects following complaints from residents and City Council members last year about a lack of transparency.