Latest Open government News

Judge: Kansas election database function not public record

Oct. 14, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican secretary of state did not violate the state's open records law by ordering the removal of an election database function that generates a statewide report showing which provisional ballots were not counted, a judge ruled. The...

South Dakota newspaper sues House Speaker for open records

Oct. 13, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House speaker is facing a lawsuit over his decision to withhold from a newspaper the names of lawmakers who petitioned for a special legislative session to consider impeaching the attorney general. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader...

Man sues Oklahoma for records as state resumes executions

Oct. 13, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A retired New York attorney is suing the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, saying its claim to have no records pertaining to the drugs it plans to use in upcoming executions “defies belief.” Fred Hodara, who filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in...

EXPLAINER: New ethics board thrust into Kristi Noem inquiry

Oct. 09, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The four retired judges who make up South Dakota's Government Accountability Board usually meet just a handful of times a year, almost entirely unnoticed by the public, and have never advanced a complaint to a public hearing. They're now...

South Dakota board to review Noem's meeting with daughter

Oct. 06, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general said Wednesday he has asked the state’s Government Accountability Board to review questions about whether Gov. Kristi Noem improperly interfered in a state agency's evaluation of her daughter's application for a real estate...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Oct. 06, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. October 5, 2021. Editorial: After a year hiatus, the Prater’s Mill Country Fair returns this weekend for its 50th anniversary After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Prater’s Mill Country Fair...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Sep. 29, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

Decatur Daily. September 28, 2021. Editorial: State high court hobbles open government The Issue The Alabama Supreme Court has gutted the state’s open records law as it regards law enforcement, making it far more difficult to...

Arrest blotter ended over immigration enforcement concerns

Sep. 29, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fairfax County police have stopped publishing a weekly arrest blotter after county officials found it violated a policy that restricts the dissemination of personal information that could aid immigration enforcement. Immigrant rights and civil...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 29, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. Sept. 25, 2021. Editorial: : NC is dead last for workers As it turns out, the home of Andy Griffith, John Coltrane and the best barbecue in the world is not the kindest place to workers. In fact, North...

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...