Wisconsin college must release findings on boycott probe, law firm says

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  First Amendment, News, Open Records, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MILWAUKEE, Wis. —A libertarian public-interest law firm says Milwaukee Area Technical College is legally obligated to disclose the findings of an internal investigation into a nursing instructor who threatened to boycott a business over its political views.

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Lobbyists see little love from Pennsylvania’s Ethics Commission

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Lobbying, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Ten organizations will see their pockets a little lighter after fines announced by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission this month, for violations of the state lobbying disclosure law. “In the last two years, (these penalties) averaged over $100,000 a year,” said Rob Caruso, executive director of the commission.

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Body-cams may increase transparency, but raise questions too

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Audio, News, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held an on-the-road hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday, to address issues of best practices in policing and how work in Allegheny County may be a model for others in the commonwealth. Over a dozen witnesses and nearly four hours of testimony confirmed the basic premise of the devil being in the details.

While witnesses were uniformly in favor of increased use of body cameras, it was clear that implementing their use is a bit thornier. One issue was how available such video should be to the public under the state’s right to know law.

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Judiciary committee kills bill to open public defenders records

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER — The House Judiciary Committee killed a bill that would subject the public defenders’ office to open records, with members questioning why the sponsors singled out the public defenders’ office instead of requiring the whole judiciary to be subject to open records.
Bill sponsors state Reps. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, and Polly […]

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Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  News, Oklahoma, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks.
But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money.
Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to […]

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Lawmakers seek more transparency on juvenile detention incidents

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Colorado, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado lawmakers want more information about what’s happening inside the state’s juvenile detention facilities after a skyrocketing increase in fights and attacks that Watchdog.org first uncovered last year.

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