Closed meetings

Cherokee Nation council considers changes to FOI law

Danielle Keeton-Olsen | Freedom of Information | News | May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014

The Rules Committee of the Cherokee Nation’s tribal council voted 14-3 Wednesday in favor of changes to the tribe’s Freedom of Information Act, extending the government’s records request response time and centralizing requests in a single independent ombudsman.

Cherokee Phoenix photo by Will Chavez

Protesters gather outside a meeting where a legislative committee was considering restrictive amendments to the open records laws of the Cherokee Nation.

City-run meeting on Philadelphia finances will be closed to public

Lilly Chapa | Freedom of Information | News | April 17, 2013
April 17, 2013

Philadelphia plans to bar reporters from attending a city-run conference this week where public officials will discuss the city’s finances and budget in an effort to attract potential investors.

The two-day Philadelphia Investor Conference, which begins Thursday, is considered a private meeting under Pennsylvania’s Open Meetings Act, said Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Michael Nutter, the city’s mayor.

Texas Open Meetings Act does not unconstitutionally restrain government officials' speech, Reporters Committee argues

Press Release | October 27, 2011
October 27, 2011

The Framers of the U.S. Constitution did not intend the First Amendment to protect government officials’ ability to meet in secret, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Puerto Rico journalists fight for access to Senate

Mike Torralba | Newsgathering | Feature | June 30, 2010
June 30, 2010

Journalists have regained access to Puerto Rico’s Senate press gallery after the chamber’s president lifted a four-day ban on members of the press.

The dispute between the Puerto Rican media and Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz began Thursday when he kicked out reporters and photographers as the lawmakers were in session to discuss the commonwealth’s budget, according to news reports.

Public barred from federal program on government openness

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 7, 2009
December 7, 2009

The public and the news media are barred from attending a workshop designed to teach federal employees about a new government office that resolves open records disputes, The Associated Press reports.