Latest Open government News

Evers refuses to disclose 1 day's worth of emails

Nov. 11, 2019 1:13 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' refusal to turn over emails requested by a Milwaukee television station is drawing criticism from open government advocates who say he is interpreting the law too narrowly. WITI-TV reports that it made a request under the state's open records law for just over four...

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...

DA: Kansas judicial panel did not violate open meetings law

Nov. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court didn't violate the state's open meetings law in naming three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett rejected...

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

Nov. 6, 2019 6:50 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator's complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state's open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy. The...

Little Rock police officers to wear body cameras next year

Nov. 1, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police officers could be wearing body cameras as early as April, the department said. A $194,000 federal grant will pay for the cameras and video storage. The city will match the funds, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Police Chief Keith Humphrey said the...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Oct. 30, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 27 The Johnson City Press on local governments being transparent about business matters: Some local elected officials are under the mistaken impression they entitled to see and vote on information the rest of us do not see. Tennessee's public records and open...

Lawyer sues Missouri House over its public records rule

Oct. 24, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An attorney filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming the Missouri House acted unconstitutionally by blocking public access to some lawmaker records. Sunshine and Government Accountability Project founder Mark Pedroli sued over a new internal House rule that allows lawmakers to shield...

Tourist attraction association violated open meetings law

Oct. 24, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's attorney general says a Jamestown tourist attraction violated the state's open meetings law when it failed to post a notice of a special meeting. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the association operating Frontier Village held the meeting in September, notified the...

Judge tells State Dept. to begin producing Ukraine records

Oct. 23, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered the State Department to begin producing within 30 days documents related to the Trump administration's dealings with Ukraine, saying the records were of obvious public interest. The documents were sought under a Freedom of Information Act request by American...