opinion Deborah Fisher Guest Columnist Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 A new legislative committee - the Joint Open Records Ad Hoc Committee — held its first meeting on Aug. 14 in an ambitious effort to come to terms with the growing number of exemptions to the public records act. Under the law, government records are open to the public unless they are “exempted” by state law. Some common reasons for exemptions are to protect private information of citizens, such as driver’s license numbers, or sensitive information, such as some information related to juveniles in criminal court proceedings. But exemptions also close information that some people think should be public, such as the amount in tax credits the state might agree to give to a particular company as part of an economic incentive deal. The committee is grappling with a potential review of exemptions, which the Office of Open Records Counsel says have grown to 563 after more than 20 … [Read more...] about Tennessee needs a new way of adopting exemptions to the Public Records Act
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opinion LSJ Editorial Board Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 At a time when public trust in Michigan State University is at an all-time low, the university should do everything possible to improve transparency. That’s why MSU’s lackluster effort to comply with Michigan’s open records law is unacceptable. MSU has been under intense scrutiny since disgraced former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar was exposed as a serial sex abuser who abused hundreds of patients during 20 years as a university employee. Nassar, 54, will spend the rest of his life in federal or state prisons. MSU recently offered to settle lawsuits with 332 plaintiffs for $500 million. Yet endless questions remain unanswered. Who knew what? When did they know it? What systemic flaws at MSU allowed him to escape undetected for so long? Without explicit answers, the public cannot be assured that such heinous crimes won’t happen again. That’s why Michigan’s Freedom of … [Read more...] about Editorial: MSU must do whatever it takes to ensure timely access to public records
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Easing Oregonians' access to public records is state advocate's mission Oregon's first public records advocate began a public outreach campaign Wednesday, describing the position, taking input and sharing short-term goals. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Connor Radnovich, Statesman Journal Published 6:00 a.m. PT May 10, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The state's first public records advocate said poor communication is making it difficult for Oregonians to access government … [Read more...] about Easing Oregonians’ access to public records is state advocate’s mission
Recently the Tennessee Comptroller’s office released a list of 538 exemptions to the public records law passed by lawmakers.Most of those — almost 450 — were added in the past 30 years, according to the best information the office could find.But really, isn’t that one of the problems?It was notable that Comptroller Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower, who oversees the Office of Open Records Counsel, told lawmakers in his presentation that the exemptions “are a hodgepodge all over the Tennessee Code Annotated.” Sale: Get complete digital access to knoxnews.com for a full year for $9.99, through Feb. 23 . It’s hard to tell exactly when some were created. He even acknowledged that they may have missed some, and if someone finds something not on the list, to let his office know.When I began tracking open records legislation four years ago, my mentor and longtime Tennessee advocate for both a free press and open government, Frank Gibson, … [Read more...] about Does Tennessee have too many exemptions to its public records act?