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WI: Experiment found many school districts in Wisconsin fail test on open records

Dec 1, 2017 — Recently, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty conducted an experiment to see how well school districts are complying with the state’s open records law. Read more...

NY: DOH Financial details on Crystal Run projects blanked out

Nov 30, 2017 — In response to an open records request, the state Department of Health redacted almost all the financial details from the applications of two projects awarded $25.4 million in state funds in 2016. Both projects had already broken ground about six months before being awarded the money, and the financial details from their applications for money might have provided more information about the state’s decisions. Read more...

FL: City of Tallahassee to consider text messaging, public records policy

Nov 30, 2017 — The City of Tallahassee will consider a new public records policy regarding text messages to and from city employees at its December meeting. Read more...

FL: Commissioners arrested for not fulfilling records request

Nov 29, 2017 — Two Martin County commissioners, and one former Martin County commissioner were arrested Tuesday for violating public records law, confirmed a spokeswoman with Martin County Sheriff’s Office.  Read more...

Unanimous Idaho legislative panel backs financial disclosure for all candidates, elected officials

Nov 28, 2017 — It’s time for Idaho to end its distinction as one of just two states with no personal financial disclosure requirements at all for its elected officials, a panel of state lawmakers agreed. Read more...

Washington House bill would make lawmakers' records public

Nov 28, 2017 — Freshman state lawmaker Rep. Paul Graves has introduced a bill ahead of the 2018 legislative session that would remove language that exempts state legislators from the Public Records Act. Read more...

RI AG: Public Records Lawsuit Filed against Town for Failing a Timely Answer to Public Records Request

Nov 27, 2017 — Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin's office will pursue a case against North Kingstown for allegedly failing to comply with a public records request. Read more...

Pentagon claims list of information exempt from FOIA is exempt from FOIA

Nov 27, 2017 — DOD redacts portions of its declassification guide on grounds they’re “law enforcement techniques”. Read more...

Two cases against Portage County Board of Commissioners detail more than 130 alleged violations of Ohio law

Nov 27, 2017 — Legal battles by resident Brian Ames bring changes to Portage County meetings. Read more...

Judge rules Austin City Council violated open meetings law for second time in a year

Nov 24, 2017 — Judge Scott Jenkins ruled Austin City Council’s vote on Nov. 10, 2016 violated the Open Meetings Act by failing to give proper notice of the item they were voting on.   Read more...

Open records lawsuit against Hazel's Beverage World in Boulder dismissed

Nov 17, 2017 — Boulder-based Hazel's Beverage World will be able to keep public records it obtained about Applejack Wine & Spirits in Wheat Ridge after a lawsuit seeking to keep the records confidential was dismissed. Read more...

Iowa Public Information board won't provide records related to police shooting of Burlington woman

Nov 17, 2017 — The Iowa Public Information Board voted on November 16 to refuse to provide minutes and recordings from two closed-session meetings to the state ombudsman, despite an ombudsman subpoena.  Read more...

Martin County agrees to pay $12 million for circumventing and destroying records

Nov 16, 2017 — The Martin County commission on Tuesday agreed to a $12 million payout to Lake Point, a rock quarry company that has plans to become a water company, sued the county for breach of contract and for violating the state’s Sunshine Law. Read more...

Lawmakers call for major reform on Kansas state’s culture of secrecy

Nov 15, 2017 — Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum said they will push to fix the state’s culture of secrecy in the wake of a Kansas City Star series that highlights stunning levels of opacity in state and local government. Read more...

Whistleblower Sues Interior Department For Information On Staff Shuffle

Nov 15, 2017 — A scientist-turned-whistleblower who resigned from the Interior Department in October citing agency chief Ryan Zinke’s “poor leadership” and “resume of failure” is suing to obtain information concerning his own reassignment and that of several of his former colleagues. Read more...

Boeing ruling stretched, twisted to keep government records secret

Nov 15, 2017 — Boeing ruling, a decision from the Texas Supreme Court lowered the threshold for arguing competitive bidding as an exemption from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act. Read more...

City of West Point found in violation of Open Records Act

Nov 14, 2017 — The City of West Point vio­lated the Kentucky Open Rec­ords Act by failing to respond to a request for records, including questions about water and sewer contractors and agreements between the city and two public water utilities. Read more...

Federal Education Panel Sidetracked by Squabble Over Livestreaming

Nov 14, 2017 — What was supposed to be the opening bid in the contentious renegotiating process of an Obama-era regulation meant to protect federal student loan borrowers, mainly from for-profit colleges, quickly devolved into a marathon debate over whether the event should be livestreamed. Read more...

Illinois expects to save $1.2 million with its new open source data portal

Nov 13, 2017 — The State of Illinois is anticipating $1.2 million in cost savings within the next five years following the launch of a new open data portal, technology officials announced.  Read more...

Nevada Supreme Court to decide if private communications are public

Nov 10, 2017 — Emails and cell phone communications from Lyon County commissioners’ personal accounts and devices could become publicly available information if the Nevada Supreme Court determines they are public information under Nevada’s Public Records Act. Read more...

AK: Judge refuses to dismiss Ecclesia FOIA case

Nov 10, 2017 — A Washington County Circuit judge Nov 10 refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking documents related to Ecclesia College's receipt of state money. Read more...

IL: New law will make deficit spending more transparent

Nov 9, 2017 — The state of Illinois overspent by nearly $3 billion last fiscal year and the comptroller says the new Debt Transparency Act will help taxpayers hold government spending more accountable. Read more...

Illinois Attorney General Office: Carlinville violated Open Meetings Act

Nov 9, 2017 — The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has ruled that the city of Carlinville violated the Open Meetings Act by not giving advance notice of the Sept. 25 regional water meeting at which three city council representatives were in attendance.  Read more...

FL: Tallahassee city reverses course, will post corruption investigation records for free

Nov 9, 2017 — The Tallahassee City Commission voted 4-1 on Nov 8 to make available for free all public records the city has provided to a federal grand jury in connection with an ongoing public corruption investigation. Read more...

 


FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit

2016 FOI Summit from Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Freedom of Information Act served as backdrops for the 2016 FOI Summit. The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and co-sponsor the D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) convened the summit on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. Continue>>>


Knight FOI Fund

About the Knight FOI Fund

The Knight FOI Fund offers financial support in open government lawsuits, fueling and assisting the pursuit of important FOI cases. The need arose from the realization that the economic crisis and the evolution of the news media has resulted in declining levels of FOI advocacy. Continue > >


About NFOIC

We are a nonpartisan alliance of state and regional affiliates promoting collaboration, education & advocacy for open government, transparency and freedom of information. We award grants, publish FOI and FOIA news, provide transparency education and support to state and local governments, supply state sample FOIA request letters and Federal FOIA request letters. Continue >>

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2017 FOI Summit - Nashville, TN

NFOIC and host, the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government along with the directors of state coalitions across the nation convened the 2017 FOI Summit on October 13-14, 2017 at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Learn more about this important event. 

 


About Your NFOIC

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) protects our right to open government. Our mission is to make sure state and local governments and public institutions have laws, policies and procedures to facilitate the public’s access to their records and proceedings.

Since 1989, NFOIC has worked to ensure open, accessible and transparent government. NFOIC is a nonpartisan alliance of 44 state & regional affiliates. Our members include citizen-driven nonprofit FOI organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys.

NFOIC and its coalition members advocate to remove obstacles at public institutions that block or hinder people from obtaining information that is rightfully theirs. We are keenly aware of the challenges to access information in an increasingly digital world. Please review our 2017 priorities

NFOIC welcomes your involvement and financial support as a member or donor to help advance our mission. We encourage you to also support your NFOIC state affiliate. Opinions, comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome. Follow us on Twitter and “like” the cause of open government on Facebook. More about NFOIC...


Knight FOI Litigation Fund

Having your FOI request denied may leave no other option than pursuing legal action against the rejecting public agency or official. NFOIC offers financial support to litigate open government lawsuits through the Knight FOI Litigation Fund. Backed by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, the fund helps to defray upfront costs such as filing fees, depositions, court costs and other expenses associated with legal actions. Applications may be submitted through your state FOI coalition or directly to NFOIC. 



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