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Lawsuit alleges St. Louis violating Missouri Sunshine Law

Sep. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A civil rights group sued the St. Louis City Department of Corrections Wednesday for allegedly violating the Missouri Sunshine Law. The ACLU of Missouri said in a news release that it filed suit on behalf of ArchCity Defenders over requested records...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 15, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

Orlando Sentinel. September 13, 2021. Editorial: At least one legislator is standing up for Florida’s diminished public records law It’s good to see that not every lawmaker has surrendered to the relentless, decades-long, bipartisan legislative...

GOP group held 'war games' for state AGs before Trump loss

Sep. 10, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An offshoot of the Republican Attorneys General Association that sent a robocall urging “patriots” to support then-President Donald Trump at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the storming of the U.S. Capitol held a special “war games” meeting weeks before the...

Ruling finds sweeping right to enforce accountability laws

Sep. 03, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Cochise County Board of Supervisors to appoint one of its members to fill a judicial vacancy, ruling that Arizonans have a sweeping right to go to court to enforce so-called public accountability...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 01, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

Jamestown Post-Journal. August 28, 2021. Editorial: Hochul Has Only Partially Opened Door On Nursing Home Transparency Gov. Kathy Hochul has done the right thing — quickly — in acknowledging the additional 12,000 COVID deaths in New York. ...

Lt. Gov. McGeachin ordered to release task force records

Aug. 27, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has been ordered to turn over several public documents regarding her education task force to journalists after a judge found she had no legitimate reason to withhold the materials. In a scathing written ruling made...

GOP attorney files election records lawsuit against Racine

Aug. 26, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who has tried unsuccessfully to overturn the results of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Racine city officials did not turn over election-related documents as required by the state open records law. ...

Lawsuits: Iowa governor's office violating open records law

Aug. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract, a pair of new lawsuits contend. Reynolds and her office’s public records custodian, attorney...

Supreme Court: NC Railroad isn't subject to open records law

Aug. 14, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Railroad Co., a nearly 175-year-old company now owned fully by the state, can withhold documents from the public because it isn’t subject to open records laws, the state Supreme Court has ruled. A majority of justices upheld on...

Lawsuit: US withholding wildfire fuel break information

Aug. 13, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are accusing federal land managers of illegally withholding information about environmental assessments used to justify plans to create fuel breaks to slow wildfires by clearing forests and shrubs across six western states with little if any public...