It’s time again for a round-up of the best of FOIA blogging around the country. As always, our round-up pays special attention to blogs we haven’t noticed before. We find a lot of great local blogs this way. Enjoy!
All of these links lead to great stories. Let’s get started.
Kansas: Johnson County wanted $1,300 for 900 pages of documents; nearby Overland Park wants $29,500 for about 8,300 pages. Don’t ask why; you’ll get a migraine.
Kentucky: Depth Reporting is a great blog, even if it is run by a professional reporter. We don’t entirely disdain such people, even though we are mere “citizen journalists”, the hoi polloi and PDQ night clerks of the internet. But I digress. The Kentucky state police violated the open records law.
Louisiana: Did or did not Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy violate the open records law? Don’t know yet.
New York: Homeland Security Alert! Attorney General Andrew Cuomo can’t release his schedule without imperilling global security!
Ohio: Maggie Thurber advises readers on finding out about government staff salaries.
Pennsylvania: The Wyomissing School Board tried to bargain away the public’s right to know. Don’t do that.
Tennessee: Why did Elbert Jefferson take time out of his busy schedule to go to Memphis to lobby for a bill to make it harder to access public documents?
Virginia: Reading The Hook reminds me of why so often it would just be easier to deny the records request.
Read, enjoy, comment. As a sidenote, I started this blog in April 2007. There are vastly more blog posts and newspaper articles about state-level open records access issues than there were a year ago.
Thanks to Maverick recently returned from a roller derby tour to Seattle, for doing the research for this post!