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4 October 2019

Outside Washington State

In the Courts
City reacts to ruling permitting FOIA on conversations between public officials and private citizens – MI
Journalists File Lawsuit To Force Feds To Release Medicare Advantage Audits – USA
Patriots owner sues State Attorney for records in prostitution case – FL
Boulder newspaper sues CU regents over presidential search transparency – CO

Transparency and Open Government
House Judiciary Committee hears testimony on public access to federal courts – USA
Oregon Legislature expands public records exemptions as committee tries to limit them – OR
Push to make public records advocate independent – OR
State council endorses reforms for public records advocate position – OR
San Diego decides city staff directory won’t be released as a public record – CA
Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Control Access to Their ‘Public’ Records – VT
Anaheim Won’t Release Stadium Appraisal Until ‘Right Time’ – CA
Governor names state’s first public records ombudsman – WY

Fees, Costs, Burdensome Requests
State-level groups urge city to reconsider public record fees – KS

Archives, Records Management
October is American Archives Month
Electronic Records Day is October 10, 2019
Research: What Colorado needs to do to preserve the modern public record – CO
Society of American Archives: Archives-RM Testimonials

27 September 2019

Washington State
Local Records Committee to review County Clerks & Superior Court Records Schedules – Oct. 2, 2019
Ocean Beach School District faces public records lawsuit

Outside Washington State

In the Courts
Idaho execution records appeal may be considered next year – ID
Judge rules Improvement District must hand over documents for free – NV
Federal judge blocks California law to force disclosure of Trump’s tax returns – USA

Transparency and Open Government
Editorial: Regaining credibility will take more than words from governor – OR
State Audit: Civil Rights Commission not transparent or accountable in decisions – CO
Interior Political Appointees Are Part Of Ongoing FOIA Probe, Agency Confirms – USA
Forums tackle gov’t transparency, media challenges – Int’l (Philippines)
Declassified, but not public. Miami judge asked to release key 9/11 name – FL
Editorial: Police, prosecutors and courts keeping criminal justice data a secret – CA

Fees, Costs, Burdensome Requests
High fees for public records can keep you in the dark, advocates say – OR
Records requests expenses cost Bowling Green City Schools – OH

Privacy, Security, and Tech
eDiscovery: Court grants spoliation sanctions for failure to preserve cell phone photos
Written signatures under threat as law commission backs electronic versions – Int’l (UK)
Right to be Forgotten: One brother stabbed the other. Journalist who wrote about it paid a price – Int’l

Archives, Records Management
Historians push to create public archive of documents from massive opioid litigation


20 September 2019

Washington State
Poster: Celebrate Washington’s Heritage – Archives Month is October 2019
Editorial: Public deserves access to behavioral hospitals’ reports
Editorial: State Supreme Court makes right call in public-records case for union organizing emails
Editorial: Never forget, lawmakers, that you work for us
In close vote, Snoqualmie City Council suspends video of public comment portion of meetings
Training: Basics of Archives (Reboot)

Outside Washington State

Laws, Legislation, Policy
Silicon Valley lawmaker authors bill to strengthen public records act – CA

In the Courts
AG’s open-records lawsuit against County Exec appears headed toward resolution – MO
Should foundations established by public universities be allowed to keep donor records secret? – VA
Court affirms that prison settlements are public records – NM
Group says prison system’s care provider should be subject to public records act – VT
Supreme Court decides public inspections of bodycam footage should be free – VT

Transparency and Open Government
Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts – OR
Oregon public records council pushes for independence – OR
Despite concerns about public-records disclosures, City moves ahead with new police contract – CA
FOI Commission compels city of Middletown to release some records to mayor – CT
County’s two largest law enforcement agencies respond differently to police transparency bill – CA

Fees, Costs, Burdensome Requests
Supreme Court rejects fee for public records access – VT

Privacy, Security, and Tech
Police body cameras capture so much footage it’s driving some defense attorneys to quit – VA
Should Nonprofits Be Required To Publicly Disclose Their Donors?



13 September 2019


Washington State
Emails of unionizing UW profs subject to public disclosure after high court ruling
Snoqualmie City Council suspends video recording of open public comment portion of meetings
Following police shooting, Spokane PD explains body camera policy
Text message raises concerns about open meetings laws in Clark County
Lincoln County in “uncharted territory” with collective bargaining ruling
Clark College Foundation sues its own college to evade public records request

Outside Washington State

Laws, Legislation, Policy
Open records bill dies after staff privately contradicts governor’s transparency pledge – OR

Transparency and Open Government
Public Records Czar abruptly resigns after 18 months, cites “Abuse of Authority” – OR
Oregon Public Records Advocate On Why She’s Resigning – OR
Governor does away with public records website Scott Walker created – WI

Privacy, Security, and Tech
Boxes upon boxes of old, un-redacted tax records found in Albuquerque dumpster – NM

Archives and Records Management
Opinion: NARA and the government’s ‘unsustainable’ avalanche of secrets
Archivists find unseen 9/11 photos in stash of CDs from house clearance sale – NY
GCN: Why blockchain works for records management




06 September 2019


Outside Washington State


Laws, Legislation, Policy

NY State Privacy Act Fails to Pass – NY


In the Courts

Idaho Press Club sues Ada County over public record access – ID

Ninth Circuit: Courts Can Force Feds to Put Records Online

Appellate court rules Georgia General Assembly not required to comply with Open Records Act

City rejects lawsuit’s claim that residents’ emails to city officials aren’t public record – MI

Missouri government sued over heavily redacting info already released to union – MO


Transparency and Open Government 

Cities differ on question of private council briefings targeted by transparency advocates

Governor will still withhold records from public, despite letter from attorney general – MO

How the NY Times uses FOIA to obtain information the public has a right to know

Uber argues drivers’ names are ‘closely guarded trade secret’

The police avoid requests for their records by simply not keeping any

Editorial: Comey is another government elite treating public records like private property – USA

Grizzly Secrets: Trump administration keeps public in the dark about Yellowstone grizzlies

FERC, NERC propose to publicly identify utilities violating cybersecurity standards


Privacy, Security, and Tech

Gov. Ned Lamont overrules health commissioner; supports new law to release immunization data – CT

City of Sao Paulo to use blockchain registry for Public Works data

Was E-mail a Mistake? Mathematics of distributed systems suggests that meetings might be better


Archives and Records Management

NY Public Library: Historical copyright records and transparency – NY