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Missouri audit: Ex-county official skirted transparency

Nov. 23, 2021 14:58 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri county commissioner plotted ways to skirt open meeting rules and tried to get a county employee to do work for his political action committee, according to a state audit report released Tuesday. The Missouri Auditor's Office...

South Dakota newspaper pushes House Speaker to open records

Nov. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota newspaper is preparing to launch a second lawsuit if the House Speaker does not disclose the names of lawmakers who called for a special legislative session this month to consider whether to impeach the state’s attorney general. ...

State AG: Redistricting panel shouldn't have met privately

Nov. 22, 2021 15:07 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's redistricting commission should not have held a private meeting to discuss memos related to racially polarized voting and the federal Voting Rights Act's requirement that people have an opportunity to elect minority candidates, Attorney General Dana Nessel...

GAO: BLM headquarters vacancies more than doubled with move

Nov. 20, 2021 10:14 AM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The number of vacant Bureau of Land Management headquarters positions more than doubled as the agency moved those jobs to Grand Junction and other locations in the West, before declining somewhat but not to the prior level, a new Government Accountability Office...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Nov. 17, 2021 17:59 PM EST

Rome News Tribune. November 13, 2021. Editorial: As we go into the holidays during a pandemic lull, please be responsible There’s no question that we’re all pretty done with COVID-19, but there’s also a lot of evidence that it’s not done with...

Springfield schools sued over critical race theory request

Nov. 16, 2021 16:06 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt sued the Springfield school district on Tuesday over its response to his office's requests for records related to critical race theory and anti-racist teaching. Schmitt’s office submitted a Sunshine Law...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Nov. 10, 2021 17:19 PM EST

Frankort State Journal. November 8, 2021. Editorial: Wanted: Ways to cut costs at Juniper Hill Golf Course In 2019 Juniper Hill Golf Course lost approximately $350,000. Now the City of Frankfort is asking local golfers to take a swing at different...

Lawmakers OK ban on FOIA-avoidant apps for state employees

Nov. 09, 2021 19:14 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday approved a ban on the use of messaging apps or other software on state employees’ work-issued electronic devices if the technology would prevent communications from being subject to public record requests. The bill...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Nov. 09, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Chicago Sun-Times. November 6, 2021. Editorial: The world needs more trees. Chicago and Illinois must help. Planting and preserving trees takes carbon dioxide out of the air instead of letting it escape into the atmosphere, where it warms the planet...

South Dakota ethics board wants more information on Noem

Nov. 01, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Government Accountability Board called Monday for more information in at least one ethics complaint against Gov. Kristi Noem as it weighed multiple requests from the attorney general to consider whether the governor twice abused the powers of her...