Open records

New Jersey appeals panel says off-site county records are public

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | May 11, 2010
May 11, 2010

A New Jersey appeals panel ruled Thursday that county governments cannot circumvent public records requests by housing documents at off-site locations, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The state Open Public Records Act is silent on whether government records must be maintained in-house in order to be considered public, but yesterday’s decision closes that loophole.

Series to highlight government secrecy in Mississippi

Nadia Tamez-Robledo | Freedom of Information | Feature | February 18, 2010
February 18, 2010

The Mississippi Press Association, The Associated Press and the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information have teamed up for a third year to write a series on what they call the “culture of secrecy” that surrounds open meetings and records laws in the state and those who are making effort to strengthen government transparency, the AP reported.

Pennsylvania city sues public records office, newspaper

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 27, 2010
January 27, 2010

A Pennsylvania city is suing its newspaper, a reporter at the newspaper and the state public records office that granted the reporters records request, Allentown's The Morning Call reported.

Newspaper sues Louisiana parish for access to records

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 4, 2009
December 4, 2009

A newspaper is counter-suing a Louisiana parish after its deputy attorney asked a court for a protective order to stop the release of public records related to a federal investigation and state ethics inquiry,The Times-Picayune reported.

City need not provide records in electronic format

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 2, 2009
December 2, 2009

A New Hampshire court ruled last week that a city is under no obligation to provide public records in electronic format, The Keene Sentinel reported.

Louisiana parish sues media outlets to block public records request

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | November 30, 2009
November 30, 2009

A Louisiana parish sued two news media outlets last week, asking the court for a protective order to keep public records that are also being reviewed in a state ethics inquiry confidential.

Report: Two finalists for U.S. attorney spot supported secrecy

Ansley Schrimpf | Secret Courts | Quicklink | November 17, 2009
November 17, 2009

The Broward Bulldog reported last week that two of the three finalists for a U.S. attorney post in southern Florida have been involved in controversies regarding court records -- one for altering a docket in apparent violation of state law and another who helped prosecute a secret case in the wake of Sept. 11.

State police want nearly $7 million to fulfill FOIA request

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