By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND — Virginia taxpayers can rest assured that local elected officials won’t be able to legally conspire in small groups without public notice — at least, for now.
Members of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Advisory Council on Thursday decidedly killed a heavily criticized proposal from Hanover County’s Board of Supervisors [...]
By Tushar Rae | Special to Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – State senators in Iowa sidestepped questions this week regarding their annual compensation and stalled the release of information offering a more detailed view of their expenses.
Iowa Watchdog requested a breakdown of lawmaker compensation, including their salary, per diem, constituency costs, lodging and meal receipts and mileage. Officials with [...]
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the highest court in the land as the regal backdrop, the Old Dominion is now center stage in a national drama that will likely determine citizens’ rights to public information in all 50 states for decades to come.
The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices fired questions [...]
It’s official. The legislative aides of Virginia’s 140 state senators and delegates have the same protections under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act as their bosses.Read More →
By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog
SPRINGFIELD — A new survey of government transparency on county websites in southern Illinois shows only two counties making progress toward openness.
There is plenty of work still to be done, said Brian Costin, director of government reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, a right-leaning think tank that monitors government transparency in [...]