What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

Omaha police chief: Deadly officer-involved shooting ‘does not appear to be criminal’

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Media, National Security, Nebraska, Transparency, Video  /  No Comments

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An unarmed suspect was shot twice in the back by an Omaha police officer this week, according to Chief Todd Schmaderer who adds the shooting, caught on video by police, “does not appear to be criminal.”

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Secret votes in NE Legislature targeted—again

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Nebraska, Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Less than two months after he was swatted down trying to unseal secret votes in the Nebraska Legislature, Sen. Bill Kintner (R-Papillion) is at it again.

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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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Fiscal transparency gets a boost in Pennsylvania

By   /  February 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, News, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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For taxpayers rightfully curious about where their dollars are going, there have been some informational improvements over the last month, at both the state and local levels. “It’s taxpayers’ money; the public has a right to know how it’s spent,” state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said.

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Teachers’ contract raises transparency issues

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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When Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Area School Board approved a new three-year deal with the local teachers union last week, it did so without taxpayers knowing the details of the contract until after they were bound to it.

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