Latest Open government News

Arizona utility CEO accepts invite to meet with regulators

Dec. 5, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Public Service Company CEO has accepted an invitation to attend an Arizona Corporation Commission open meeting to address questions on its faulty online rate comparison tool after it wrongly encouraging customers to switch to more expensive plans. The Arizona Capitol Times reported...

Beshear to expand email requests for public records

Dec. 4, 2019 12:59 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — All executive branch state agencies in Kentucky will accept emailed requests for public records to make it easier for people and the media to access information, Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Wednesday. Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a measure paving the way for agencies to...

Arizona government lacks transparency, report finds

Dec. 1, 2019 10:53 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The administration of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has developed a pattern of delaying or withholding public records requests, according to a newspaper review. The Arizona Republic found that the Republican governor’s administration takes months or even years to release documents requested...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Nov. 27, 2019 1:53 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Nov. 27 The Johnson City Press on driving safely during the holidays: Today (Nov.27) and Thursday many of you will join millions across the country on the highways in what traditionally is the busiest and most dangerous travel period of the year. AAA estimates more...

Group that helps run Powerball says it is a ‘private entity’

Nov. 26, 2019 4:40 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based nonprofit governed by dozens of state lotteries says it is a “private entity” and not subject to the open records law. The Multi-State Lottery Association said Tuesday that a legal review has determined it does not have to disclose its recent settlement of...

Anonymous person sues Madison schools over records request

Nov. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A person whose anonymous open records requests were rejected by the Madison School District because they wouldn’t identify who they were is suing the district. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the lawsuit filed Friday demands that the school district fulfill more than...

Secrecy shrouds talks on New Mexico's methane emissions

Nov. 12, 2019 11:56 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been outspoken about curbing methane emissions, but the advisory panel tasked with making recommendations is meeting behind closed doors and even the times and places of its gatherings are not made public. There have been no published agendas...

Evers refuses to release day's worth of emails as requested

Nov. 11, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers refused to release one day's worth of emails as requested under Wisconsin's open records law, a move that advocacy groups say is an illegal interpretation of the law. WITI-TV reports that it initially made a request under the open records law for just over four weeks of...

Judge: University of Missouri violated open records law

Nov. 11, 2019 12:34 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has found that the University of Missouri knowingly violated the state's open records law by overestimating the cost to provide records of dogs and cats used in research to an animal rights group. Boone County Judge Jeff Harris sided Friday with Animal Rescue, Media &...

West Virginia panel: Teen group subject to open meeting law

Nov. 9, 2019 10:29 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Ethics Commission has determined that a panel of teenagers is subject to the state's open meetings law. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , the commission's Open Governmental Meetings Committee determined Thursday that the Charleston Youth Council falls under...