Latest Freedom of Information Act News

Lawmakers eye more exemptions to target "abuse'" of FOIA

Jun. 09, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are proposing to give public officials in Delaware more reasons to deny requests for public records under the state’s Freedom of Information Act and require people seeking public records to pay new fees. The measure cleared a...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 09, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. June 7, 2021. Editorial: Santee Cooper compromise is a big step forward, but there’s more to do People who were determined to sell Santee Cooper no matter what will complain that the plan up for final approval in the...

Whitmer vetoes bill to exempt graduations from crowd limits

Jun. 04, 2021 05:53 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday vetoed Republican-sponsored legislation that would have exempted high school graduation ceremonies from COVID-19 restrictions on Michigan crowd sizes, calling it “half-baked and punchless.” The veto, which was...

Analysis of police misconduct record laws in all 50 states

May. 12, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

CARBONDALE, Illinois (AP) — Below is an analysis of public record laws in all 50 states. It is based on an analysis of statutes and court opinions as well as interviews with experts. To stay up to date with the rapidly changing laws, visit Legislative Responses for Policing-State Bill...

Feud breaks out among GOP lawmakers over Snake River dams

May. 06, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing a GOP Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs. ...

Judge orders Justice Dept. to release Trump obstruction memo

May. 04, 2021 22:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the release of a legal memorandum the Trump-era Justice Department prepared for then-Attorney General William Barr before he announced his conclusion that President Donald Trump had not obstructed justice during the Russia investigation. ...

Wage theft: Methodology for analysis of Labor data

May. 04, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

To perform this analysis, The Center for Public Integrity analyzed data provided by the Labor Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The data used in the analysis covers the period from October 2005 through September 2020 and includes all cases in which the agency...

Police video shows officers' use of force after traffic stop

Apr. 30, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

Police in western Michigan have released bodycam video showing officers arresting three men suspected of littering in a parking lot, and punching and wrestling one of them to the ground after he tried to flee from his vehicle. The videos from March 26 were posted Thursday...

FOIA bill allows access to criminal investigation records

Apr. 16, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill allowing the public access to limited criminal investigation records will go into effect in July, along with a handful of other bills related to government transparency. Del. Chris Hurst, D-Blacksburg, a former television reporter, introduced...

Cook clerk touts bill's transparency, but critics disagree

Apr. 10, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Iris Martinez has walked back a campaign pledge to give the public more access to records from her office under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The clerk is the official record keeper for the Circuit Court and is...