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Mississippi inching closer to civil asset forfeiture reform

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A proposal by a state task force could bring needed civil asset forfeiture reform to Mississippi as soon as next year’s legislative session.

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Unsung Hero: Former school board president fights for public records — and wins … sort of

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Education, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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A former school board member wanted to see what teachers and staff were paid and got a five-month battle instead.

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Vermont AG candidates address Sorrell’s snub of public records law

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit against Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell over a refusal to deliver public records has prompted different reactions from the two candidates seeking to replace him.

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Hillary Clinton has done a number on Freedom of Information

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, National, News, Open Records, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Clinton’s troubles with transparency are epic, and counter to what President Barack Obama predicted would be the most transparent administration ever.

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Open government experts: UW System fails transparency test

By   /  June 28, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, First Amendment, News, Open Records, State Budgets, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“The Regents need to be more forthcoming with information about important decisions and deliberations – and not just on budget matters. “

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Vermont Health Department concealing number of refugees with contagious TB

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Health Care, Issues, News, Open Records, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Epidemiologists at the Vermont Department of Health are concealing the number of refugees with contagious active tuberculosis disease nearly a month after Watchdog reported that more than one-third of Vermont’s resettled refugees test positive for TB.

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