Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) said Tuesday that he intends to sponsor legislation to make government spending information more accessible to the public.
Cornyn's proposal calls for expanding the federal government's spending Web site, which allows visitors to search federal contracts and grants. According to the Associated Press, a pilot program would give Americans the option of searching for such expenditures as government staff salaries and travel costs.
The Associated Press reports that a Texas judge dismissed a libel suit against the San Antonio Express-News stemming from several stories and an editorial alleging misconduct on behalf of a Louisiana company that previously ran Bexar County’s jail commissaries. As part of an agreement with Premier Management Enterprises, the paper acknowledged there were three minor factual errors in the stories that ran in December 2005.
Less than two weeks after a federal judge ordered the White House to save copies of e-mail messages, the issue has sparked controversy between open government advocates and the governors of two states.
In Missouri, Gov. Matt Blunt questioned the legal authority of his attorney general, Jay Nixon, to look into his administration's e-mail practices.
A Texas appeals court has overturned a Galveston judge's order preventing jurors who served on the only civil trial to emerge from the March 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery from discussing the case publicly until all the litigation is resolved.
Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 30, 2007
October 30, 2007
Former Reporters Committee fellow Jennifer LaFleur writes in today's Dallas Morning News:
Texas District Judge Gena Slaughter has ruled that the city of Dallas must release e-mails requested more than 22 months ago by the Morning News, including messages from city officials' personal accounts or hand-held devices used to conduct city business.