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23 August 2019

Washington State
Logs highlight record requests from citizens in and around Snoqualmie
Registration open for WAPRO Fall Conference (Oct. 10, 2019, Bellevue)
WA State Archives: Counties and cities benefit from local records grant funding

Outside Washington State

Laws, Legislation, Policy
New contract negotiations law transparency friendly, or union buster? – IN

In the Courts
Maryland judges aren’t always named in court records – some want to change that – MD
Appeals court delivers public-records victory of records in criminal investigation – TN
County judge: Chicago police can’t withhold officers’ photos from public – IL
Judge Orders Release Of Maryland County Voter Registration – MD
Kentucky PTA sues to block activist from seeing local spending records – KY
Judge dismisses public records lawsuit over Google San Jose development – CA

Transparency and Open Government 
Editorial: Here’s why we need public records reporting law – OR
Missouri AG withdraws First Amendment as reason for withholding records – MO
Editorial: Businesses are the biggest beneficiaries of open records policies – TN
AG says Tourism Council is a public body – subject to FOIA, disclosure statements and more – VA
Despite #MeToo era, most top colleges share little on sexual assaults
How crimes involving public officials are handled – IN

Fees, Costs, and Burdensome Requests
Opinion: Charging high fees is one way to squash open record requests – CO

Privacy, Security, and Tech
Work Ruined Email: It’s not too late to fix it
Personal Data About Small-Donor Democrats Is All Over the Internet

Archives and Records Management
The Importance of Shredding Paper Documents in the Workplace

16 August 2019

Washington State
Supreme Court: Tri-Cities judges can sue county clerk, case centered on electronic record system  
Remembering Alan Thompson, champion of open government and political courtesy
Editorial: Transparency, accountability too important to sacrifice

Outside Washington State

Laws, Legislation, Policy
Legislators open to reconsidering public records law exemption for State Legislature – MA
AG says lawmakers subject to FOI on new nonprofit board – CT
Texas Senator joins push to strengthen public access to government records – TX/USA

In the Courts
SCOTUS strengthens protections for federal government contractors under FOIA – USA 
Tax return disclosure law tied up in California courts – CA
Kentucky appeals court rules Louisville must turn over Amazon HQ2 bid – KY
Court: Expert jail visits in school shooting are public – FL

Transparency and Open Government 
How transparent are governments in Oregon? New public records survey sheds light – OR
Editorial: Require agencies to track public records requests – OR
Cover-up? Text that reads ‘DELETE, DELETE, DELETE’ over vacant county commission seat – CA
Editorial: There’s a difference between public disclosure and political shaming – ME
Debate over release of school district report raises transparency concerns – MN
Police scanners have gone silent in Denver, but will the public suffer as a consequence? – CO
‘People want accountability, transparency.’ Community talks about policing – IN

Fees, Costs, and Burdensome Requests
City Schools Charges $53K Fee for Settlement Records – MD

Privacy, Security, and Tech
Boycotts of Trump donors prompt debate over public shaming of political contributions – USA
New York enacts new data breach security laws – SHIELD Act – NY

Archives and Records Management
The Break-Up List – A checklist to avoid information management issues with employee separation
Securing Our Digital Legacy: An Introduction to the Digital Preservation Coalition

 

9 August 2019

Washington State

Outside Washington State

Laws, Legislation, Policy

In the Courts

Transparency and Open Government

Privacy, Security, and Tech

Archives and Records Management

August 2, 2019

Washington State

Outside Washington State

Laws, Legislation, Policy

In the Courts

Transparency and Open Government 

Privacy, Security, and Tech

Archives and Records Management