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Vermont ethics commission bill on way to Senate

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont ranks among the bottom handful of states when it comes to government integrity laws, but this year lawmakers will once again attempt to enact real ethics reform.

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High court hears arguments on whether UT can bury investigation

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Accountability, Education, Judiciary, News, Open Records, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

There was no “you can’t handle the truth” moment, but there should have been, as UT’s case comes down to a similar premise: surely somebody gets to decide Hall can’t handle the truth.

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force working out final details on reform

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is waiting for the reform recommendations from the Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force, which were due on his desk by December 1.

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‘Trade secrets’ protect rapper Pitbull’s contract with Visit Florida

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Florida, Open Records  /  No Comments

How much did Florida taxpayers pay rapper Pitbull for tourism promotion? Visit Florida can’t say because of ‘trade secrets.’

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Anodyne EdBuild contract with Mississippi Legislature goes public

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The contract with non-profit EdBuild and the Mississippi Legislature was finally revealed and there are few smoking guns or any specifics.

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Mississippi attorney general orders lawmakers to reveal contracts

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood ordered the GOP-led Legislature to reveal a contract with a nonprofit to rewrite the state’s K-12 funding formula.

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