Latest Open government News

Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker

May. 28, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of elected officials in southwest Virginia violated the state's open government law during meetings about dissolving a public library system, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a case long delayed by a lawmaker's use of a privilege of his office. State Del. Jeff...

Missouri open records lawsuit sent back to lower court

May. 26, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday sent a lawsuit over fees charged by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's administration for an open records request back to a lower court for further consideration. St. Louis attorney Elad Gross, a Democratic candidate for Missouri Attorney General, sued in 2018...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump, along with Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen during an event about the Paycheck Protection Program used to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Small Business Administration is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The agency has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after the $600 billion-plus program was launched, the agency has yet to make public the recipients of taxpayer aid.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Who got what? Details scant on small-business relief effort

May. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, overlooked federal agency is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The Small Business Administration has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after...

FILE - In this April 28, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump, along with Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listen during an event about the Paycheck Protection Program used to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Small Business Administration is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The agency has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after the $600 billion-plus program was launched, the agency has yet to make public the recipients of taxpayer aid.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Who got what? Details scant on small-business relief effort

May. 18, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, overlooked federal agency is shouldering a massive relief effort for the nation’s small businesses and their workers left reeling by the pandemic. The Small Business Administration has committed to auditing every sizable emergency loan it approves. But six weeks after...

Arkansas citizens can photograph public documents under FOIA

May. 14, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Citizens who request access to public documents under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act now have the right to take a picture of the documents using their cellphones, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court sided with Little Rock attorney Ben Motal against the...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Public officials cite virus while limiting access to records

May. 14, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions. Public officials have said employees either don't have the...

University of Missouri to pay $175,000 in open records case

May. 13, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The University of Missouri has agreed to pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an animal rights group over a public records request. Four year ago, the Beagle Freedom Project sought public records pertaining to cats and dogs used for research at the university. University officials...

Cross: UW working on protocols for students' return in fall

May. 7, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System leaders are working on safety protocols that could enable students to return to campus if the coronavirus pandemic stretches into fall, system President Ray Cross told regents Thursday. Cross told the regents during a teleconference that system leaders...

AG: Bismarck School District broke law by destroying notes

Apr. 29, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Bismarck School District violated state open records law when it destroyed handwritten notes sought by an attorney, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion released Wednesday. Bismarck attorney Lawrence King asked for documents from the school district in...

Tennessee media groups, watchdog sue over vote by email

Apr. 29, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of media and watchdog organizations on Wednesday sued the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance over a vote that took place by email in early April. The complaint says Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Executive Director Bill Young sent an email to the six members of...