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October 30, 2017 11:44 AM

 

The city of Cleveland announced it will test an online public records management system it hopes will improve the city's records request and tracking process. 

The system, GovQA, will be available through the city's website beginning in mid-November. It will allow records requests to be filed through an online portal. People making requests will be able to track the city's progress toward providing public documents and receive email updates.  Read more...

ohio open records
October 27, 2017 11:06 AM

Southeast Arkansas College Board Chairman Paul Bennett has vowed to comply with the Pine Bluff Commercial’s Freedom of Information Act request seeking access to applications of people who have applied to be college president. This development comes a day after Bennett said he would not release the applications. Read more...

Arkansas FOIA
October 26, 2017 9:32 AM

Buzzfeed filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court last Friday over an open records request the media organization made regarding the Kansas secretary of state’s emails. Read more...

October 26, 2017 9:17 AM

South Carolina Republicans have defended their decision not to give reporters records involving a political consultant charged in a probe of possible Statehouse corruption in their state, arguing Wednesday that the courts have no purview over their internal decision-making.

The arguments came during a hearing over whether a judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed in April against the House Republican Caucus by a coalition of media outlets including The Associated Press. The coalition has been looking for items sought by special prosecutor David Pascoe in his ongoing probe into allegations of corruption in South Carolina’s Statehouse. Read more...

October 26, 2017 8:55 AM
Southeast Arkansas College’s Board of Trustees are in violation of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act by refusing a request to provide names of those who have applied for president. Read more...
Arkansas FOIA
October 25, 2017 9:53 AM
A state fund established by Delaware officials to dole out taxpayer money to local police agencies is under investigation.
 
The State Aid to Local Law Enforcement Committee disclosed the investigation this month in response to a FOIA complaint by the Associated Press regarding a closed meeting. Read more...
Delaware FOIA
October 25, 2017 9:48 AM

Two legislative proposals with broad implications for Florida school district operations sailed through the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Oct 24 with limited opposition. Read more...

October 24, 2017 10:49 AM

The University of Louisville violated the state's open records law by denying part of a Courier-Journal request for emails about what happened to the computer hard drive of the former university president, according to a state attorney general's ruling. Read more...

October 24, 2017 10:10 AM

A government advisory group has been holding confidential meetings to shape U.S. policy on drones, deliberating privately about who should regulate a burgeoning industry that will affect everything from package delivery to personal privacy. Read more...

October 24, 2017 10:05 AM

Eight days after confirming the existence of documents regarding the University of Kansas and its relationship with the Adidas apparel company, the Federal Bureau of Investigation now says its initial response to the Kansan’s Freedom of Information Act request was not meant to be sent. Read more...

federal FOIA
October 23, 2017 3:09 PM

 

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that the state's public records law can extend to state employees' private email accounts if messages in them otherwise meet the state's definition of public records. Read more...

October 23, 2017 11:18 AM

Two members of President Trump's advisory commission on election integrity last week wrote letters to commission staff raising questions about the group's transparency, according to a new report on Oct 22. Read more...

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