Open records

State police want nearly $7 million to fulfill FOIA request

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

The Michigan Department of State Police is charging the Mackinac Center for Public Policy nearly $7 million to fulfill its FOIA request for information on how the state has used homeland security grant money since 2002, the nonpartisan research group reported.

Washington city refuses to settle suit over e-mail messages

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
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November 17, 2009

A Washington city rejected a local open government activist's offer last week to settle a public records suit in which a state appeals court has ordered it to pay what could amount to $110,000 in legal fees, The Daily Herald reported.

Judicial email not public in West Virginia

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Feature | November 16, 2009
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November 16, 2009

Personal e-mail messages on government accounts are not public records, even when they are between a judge and a party to a pending case, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled Nov. 12.

Appeals court releases its opinion on release of petition signers

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
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October 26, 2009

On the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that temporarily blocked the release of the names of people who petitioned to repeal a same-sex marriage law in Washington state, the appeals court has released its rationale for its earlier order to disclose the names.

Requests for Florida school records expensive, time consuming

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
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October 26, 2009

The open-government site Sunshine Review found that despite Florida's strong open records law, obtaining information on public schools is still a daunting process for private citizens, the group's editor wrote in the Orlando Sentinel.

California county pays $500,000 in map data dispute

Brooke Ericson | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 14, 2009
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October 14, 2009

Santa Clara County must pay a nonprofit watchdog group $500,000 to cover its legal fees after a three-year dispute over whether the county could withhold or charge extremely high fees for electronic maps that were sought during a public records request, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Governor again vetoes open government bills

Brooke Ericson | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 14, 2009
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October 14, 2009

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed two bills this week that were designed to bring greater transparency and accountability to California's public colleges. This is the latest in a string of actions Schwarzenegger has taken against increased transparency since assuming the governor's office in 2003.

Florida court orders NCAA to hand over records

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 1, 2009
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October 1, 2009

A Florida appeals court upheld Florida’s open meetings law today and ordered the National Collegiate Athletic Association to hand over documents related to secret disciplinary proceedings against Florida State University.

Wisconsin's open records law applies to city's legal bills

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 21, 2009
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September 21, 2009

The city of Green Bay must release its legal bills to the public, a Wisconsin judge ruled Friday.

Mayor may have violated state public record laws

Brooke Ericson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 16, 2009
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September 16, 2009

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino was ordered to turn over the computer and software of a senior aide after his office provided only 18 e-mail messages from the aide over a six-month period in response to a request from the Boston Globe, the newspaper reported.