Latest Open government News

Tennessee judge rules election panel violated open meetings

Sep. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Friday the state's Registry of Election Finance violated open meetings law when it held a vote by email on the eve of an election filing deadline. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle rejected the state's argument that the vote was inconsequential...

Mining county asks lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public. Members of the Legislature’s...

Wisconsin public records advocates worry about Marsy's Law

Sep. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When overwhelmingly passed by Wisconsin voters in April, Marsy’s Law was billed as a major step forward for crime victims’ rights, but public records advocates are raising concerns that an over-interpretation of the constitutional amendment by some law enforcement...

GOP Wisconsin elections commissioner advised Green Party

Sep. 15, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission advised a Green Party representative about who to hire as an attorney after its presidential nominee was denied ballot access in the key battleground state, records obtained by The Associated Press show. The commission...

County installs computer for public to look at records

Sep. 14, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan county is making it easier to look at documents from its public agencies. Alpena County has placed a computer in the courthouse lobby to look that records that have been requested in recent years under the Freedom of Information Act, including emails, property...

FILE - In this  Tuesday, May 3, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald daughter Ivanka, left, and son Eric, background left, as he speaks during a primary night news conference in New York. The barbs that have flown between President Donald Trump and his family and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot haven’t prevented either side from engaging occasionally in niceties. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Despite barbs, Trump family and Chicago mayor can be nice

Sep. 11, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The barbs that have flown between President Donald Trump and his family and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot haven’t prevented either side from engaging in occasional niceties. Lightfoot in May called Eric Trump to express her support, according to text messages obtained by the Chicago...

Court revives suit alleging council broke law over head tax

Sep. 8, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An open government activist’s lawsuit accusing the Seattle City Council of breaking Washington state’s open-public-meetings law in its abrupt repeal of a 2018 tax on large businesses has been revived. An appeals court revived the suit on Tuesday by throwing out a King County...

Conn. official raps Bridgeport mayor's post-Isaias alerts

Sep. 7, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim shouldn't have used an emergency alert system to lambaste a power company over its response to Tropical Storm Isaias, a Connecticut emergency-communications official said. The alerts prompted hundreds of people to refuse future notifications, a newspaper...

Anchorage Assembly reopening meetings to public attendance

Sep. 1, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly said it will reopen meetings for in-person participation by members of the public after the city temporarily suspended open meetings because of the coronavirus. Up to 60 members of the public will be allowed to enter assembly chambers in the Z. J. Loussac...

Polk County sheriff agrees to release 2018 shooting video

Aug. 31, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

An organization created to ensure government agencies follow Iowa's open records and open meetings laws won a significant victory when the Polk County Sheriff's Office agreed to release details of the shooting of a Wisconsin man by a deputy in July 2018. Under the court settlement signed by a judge on Thursday...