The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

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December 1, 2017 12:38 PM

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...

November 30, 2017 2:58 PM

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.

November 30, 2017 12:11 PM

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...

November 29, 2017 11:28 AM

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...

November 28, 2017 10:49 AM

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 on November 27. Read more...

November 28, 2017 10:26 AM

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...

November 27, 2017 9:33 AM

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...

November 27, 2017 9:07 AM

Legal battles by resident Brian Ames bring changes to Portage County meetings. Read more...

November 24, 2017 2:51 PM

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...

November 17, 2017 11:29 AM

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 late Monday.

November 17, 2017 11:02 AM

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...

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November 16, 2017 11:18 AM

Circumventing Florida’s public records law, and destroying public documents, has cost Martin County commissioners more than $12 million -- and the toll keeps rising.

The 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...

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