Multiple news media organizations have filed formal complaints with the Missouri Attorney General over the high fees charged by the city of Ferguson in response to public records requests. The complaints come after reports of journalists being asked to pay up to $2,000 in advance to search through and copy emails and text messages. Thus far, complaints have been filed by the Associated Press, CNN, St. Louis Public Radio, and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state's public records law does not violate the First Amendment speech and association rights of nonprofits that are subject to the law's disclosure requirements because of their financial ties to local governments.
In response to a lawsuit alleging that it was violating Florida's open record law, the National Collegiate Athletic Association agreed Tuesday to let Florida State University transcribe, redact and release a document regarding sanctions in an academic scandal, the Tallahassee Democratreported.
According to The Associated Press, Dexter Lehtinen filed his lawsuit Friday against the South Florida Water Management District saying the dealmakers ignored their obligation to provide advance notice of government meetings and agendas.
Prison parole hearings must balance individual privacy with the public's right to know, often resulting in conflict. In Nevada, convicted sex offender Robert Stockmeier sued the Lovelock State Prison after discovering the common practice of private psychological evaluations for determining parole might violate the state's open meeting law.
A major bill that would set up a five-member Public Information Board to enforce the state’s current “sunshine” laws passed the Iowa Senate on Monday night.
The governor-appointed members of the board would help to mediate disputes between citizens and public agencies. Advocates of the bill hope it passes in time to set up a board for this coming September.