- Massachusetts regional forums to focus on Open Meeting Law Updated: Aug-29-15 2:46 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy's office will hold four regional educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state this fall.
- AP sues over access to FBI records involving fake news story Updated: Aug-27-15 7:44 pm
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press sued the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday over the FBI's failure to provide public records related to the creation of a fake news story used to plant surveillance software on a suspect's computer.
- Secrets have long slipped into State Department email Updated: Aug-27-15 3:06 am
WASHINGTON - During the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials in Washington were emailing one another with updates in real time. Embedded in those messages were nuggets of classified information, including an apparent reference to a CIA facility that was a closely guarded secret.
- Judge won't toss lawsuit over Charlottesville police records Updated: Aug-26-15 12:10 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - A judge has refused to dismiss a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville over its police department's use of temporary detainments and stop-and-frisk procedures.
- ACLU sues W.Va. Parole Board, seeks denial decision records Updated: Aug-25-15 11:13 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is suing the state Parole Board to obtain records regarding its denial of parole to an HIV-positive inmate.
- Agency says human error led to Illinois prisons data breach Updated: Aug-22-15 12:31 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Corrections says preliminary findings suggest human error was to blame for the inadvertent release of social security numbers and other personal information of more than 1,000 agency employees.
- ACLU: Pocomoke council met illegally to fire police chief Updated: Aug-21-15 6:46 pm
POCOMOKE CITY, Maryland - The American Civil Liberties Union is claiming that Pocomoke City Council members violated Maryland's open meetings law in deciding to fire the town's police chief.
- Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials Updated: Aug-21-15 12:37 pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 20
- Memo shows NYC mayoral lawyers screening sensitive records Updated: Aug-19-15 2:49 pm
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he's not micromanaging his image by having his lawyers review all public information requests that could "reflect directly on the mayor."
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: Aug-19-15 2:22 pm
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
- Panel recommends narrowing Virginia open records exemption Updated: Aug-19-15 8:13 am
NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia - A state panel has recommended narrowing an exemption to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act regarding documents used by government executives when deciding policy matters.
- Attorney general: Panel must comply with Open Meetings Act Updated: Aug-19-15 4:06 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The Kentucky attorney general's office has found that the state Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Law by not notifying the public of a committee meeting to choose a firm to help with the search for a new commissioner.
- Attorney general says dental group broke transparency laws Updated: Aug-18-15 6:01 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota attorney general says a state dental board violated both open records and open meetings laws.
- Survey: Trust, exhaustion were issues on Navy hospital ship Updated: Aug-17-15 3:22 pm
NORFOLK, Virginia - Stress levels were so high among sailors aboard a Navy hospital ship preparing to provide humanitarian assistance to Latin America that the medical unit was not considered mission capable weeks before it was set to deploy in March, according to Navy documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
- Missouri attorney general candidate fought records request Updated: Aug-12-15 9:02 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A law professor and Republican candidate for Missouri attorney general has said his university emails and other documents are not subject to state open records laws, documents provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday show.
- Alabama lawmakers vote to let boards meet by phone Updated: Aug-11-15 5:29 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers have voted to allow members of some governmental boards and commissions to phone in their votes at public meetings.
- Joplin schools improve open-meetings compliance Updated: Aug-11-15 9:13 am
JOPLIN, Missouri - A new report from the state auditor's office shows the Joplin School District has taken steps to comply with the state's open meetings law, but the audit did not address other aspects of a critical February audit.
- Stenehjem says ambulance board failed to give proper notice Updated: Aug-11-15 6:02 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Garrison-Max ambulance district board violated state law by failing to give proper notice for meetings.
- Judge to rule in November on Sumner County records lawsuit Updated: Jul-31-15 2:50 pm
GALLATIN, Tennessee - A judge will decide in November whether the Sumner County school district willfully violated the Tennessee Public Records Act when it did not respond to a request because it was made via email rather than in person.