Open Records links

Over the weekend, I attended the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. It was a remarkable group of people, with a tremendous passion for what they do. Here’s a link to the schedule.

As time permits, I’ll share some of what I learned, especially from the talks on using right-to-know laws to probe for corruption in school districts and city or county governments.

Meanwhile, here are a few open records links:

Dallas/Fort Worth Concerned Citizens on the Trinity River project.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear a case about what three Wisconsin municipalities did after they lost an open records case in court.

An editorial in Tennessee urges that the state approve an open records ombudsman.

Salaries of Massachusetts public employees are now available online, and this blog post suggests one reason to review it carefully.

In Arlington, Texas, prostitution arrest records are now available online.

Public Schools Nationwide Bearing Brunt of Increased Email Searches and Disclosure.

Meanwhile, Death by Email notes that the “I don’t have the resources” defense for why a small company shouldn’t have to provide email records is losing its credibility in the court system. That link is about electronic discovery in a lawsuit. However, the same ideas apply to how public agencies store and manage their electronic records. If they aren’t storing them in a format that is easily searchable by keyword so that open records requests can easily be met, then they should be expected to switch to a different electronic records management system.

This Wisconsin blogger has filed more open records requests to figure out how hard Milwaukee County supervisors work.

The Galveston Daily News spotlights two community leaders who are having a hard time getting their open records requests met.

New Jersey Gov. Corzine and the NJ Republican party are in a hotly contested dispute over whether he should be required to surrender copies of emails he exchanged with a girlfriend upon whom he lavished gifts. (Who paid for the gifts?)


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