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Court rules against city in open meetings law appeal

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Despite negligible penalties, two appeals have been filed for the first time in cases of violations of Mississippi’s open meetings law.

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New docs show GAB spent more than 2,500 hours on John Doe probe

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Accountability, Free Speech, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The documented time amounts to $107,715.08 spent on the specialized labor between 2013 and 2015

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City asks law firm to represent it in open records investigation

By   /  April 14, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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The Denver City attorney’s office is under a prosecutor’s review to determine if officials illegally withheld records from a Denver television reporter and now taxpayers may have to fund an outside law firm to deal with the issue.

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Poll: Mississippians support civil asset forfeiture reform

By   /  April 12, 2016  /  Accountability, Legislature, Mississippi, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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Civil asset forfeiture reform in Mississippi is supported by a large majority of citizens according to a poll released this week.

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A new option to force judicial branch to abide by open records laws?

By   /  April 12, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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After a bill that would have put the judicial branch back under open records laws died last week, some prominent transparency advocates are looking toward a ballot issue in 2018.

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Denver continues spending on jail abuse case with little to show for it

By   /  April 7, 2016  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Open Records, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Not only did city taxpayers pay a staffer on administrative leave $200,000, the city spent additional resources for outside attorneys to investigate his conduct.

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