MT Pays $60k, Settles Public Records Case Over Pipeline Docs

The state of Montana has paid $60,000 to the ACLU of Montana as part of a settlement over its initial refusal to release documents related to its preparations for anticipated protests against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.  By Associated Press  Feb. 28, 2022, at 4:21 p.m.  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana […]

Public records bill would impact reporting on government probes

By Paul Nelson KSL News Radio   SALT LAKE CITY — A bill before the Utah Legislature would make it harder for reporters — and the public — to access some records stemming from internal government investigations.   Friday at 8 a.m., lawmakers plan to take up House Bill 399, which targets the types of public records […]

Let’s Remove Obstacles That Keep Citizens From Getting Government Records

Civil Beat Editorial Board February 27 2022   Some bills before the Legislature would help — for instance, by reducing copying fees. Others are bad ideas that would blow holes in the public’s right to know.   Read more from the Civil Beat Editorial Board here 

Student newspapers are seeking to expand access to public records on crimes on campus

Cate Charron Feb 1 2022 Indiana Daily Student IU violated public access laws when it denied the Indiana Daily Student’s open records request for a student’s disciplinary record pertaining to sexual assault, according to the opinion of Luke Britt, the Indiana Public Access Counselor.   After the university denied access to such records, the IDS reported […]

Bill would change Utah public records law, aims to limit ‘vexatious requests’

Jacob Scholl Jan 31 2022 Deseret News   A proposed bill would change Utah records law and potentially make records requests more costly to the public.  HB96 would change the state’s Government Records Access and Management Act, also known as GRAMA, to allow government entities to charge for all the time spent fulfilling a records request […]

International Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Outlook and Review

Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher LLP Jan 31 2022   For the fourth consecutive year, and complementing the publication of Gibson Dunn’s upcoming tenth annual U.S. Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Outlook and Review, we offer this separate International Outlook and Review. As every year, this Outlook and Review provides an overview of past and upcoming developments related to […]

Federal judge rules Virginia’s restricted access to court records violates First Amendment  

Marie Feyche – University of Pittsburgh School of Law – United States   January 16 2022   https://www.jurist.org/news/2022/01/federal-judge-rules-virginias-restricted-access-to-court-records-violates-first-amendment/  A district court judge in Virginia on Friday found Virginia’s online civil court system violated First Amendment rights of the press and public because of the system’s restricted access to newly filed civil complaints.  The Officer of the Court […]

Seek Greater Transparency in Government Operations

By Elieen Vanwie and Kathy Brook  Jan 2022 Commentary: The League of Women Voters supports the citizen’s right to know, including adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and providing access to public records. Read more from the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico here.  

“Group Backs Challenge to Marsy’s Law” – News Service of Florida

May 17 2021 First Amendment and journalism groups want to weigh in if the Florida Supreme Court takes up a case that could help shield the identities of law-enforcement officers involved in use-of-force incidents. The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the […]

Texas Legislature considering bill to make it harder to get public information about government employees

Anna Canizales – Texas Tribune – April 20 2021 Lawmakers are considering a bill that would restrict state agencies from sharing salary data and other typically public information about government employees with the public in a bill that experts say is overly broad. Senate Bill 16, filed by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, would require […]