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Foundation to host media panel – The Day

12/21/16 – The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government has announced that it will host a panel discussion Jan. 23 in Hartford on “The Stories Behind the Biggest Stories of 2016 … and The Storms on the 2017 Horizon.” Read More

Our View: CMEEC law codifies ethical behavior – Norwich Bulletin

12/14/16 – By Bulletin Editorial Board This week Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, introduced legislation aspiring to full transparency from the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Consortium and the state’s municipal utilities, the latest consequence from The Bulletin’s series of stories on CMEEC’s secretive vacations to the Kentucky Derby these last four years. Read More

Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down – Danbury News Times

12/13/16 – Thumbs up to New Milford resident Greg Mullen for appealing to the state Freedom of Information Commission recently over a meeting with some members of the Board of Education’s Facilities Committee and town officials over a draft agreement on use of the former John Pettibone School, and Thumbs Up also to Facilities Committee Chairman […]

OpenPayroll site: Welcome access – Waterbury Republican-American

12/11/16 – Editorial Connecticut Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo has added a page to his office’s OpenConnecticut web site, which allows residents to track state government’s spending in real time. OpenPayroll “will provide up-to-date compensation data biweekly for every state employee, including salaries and overtime pay, instead of updating that information only once annually as had […]

Editorial: Defend the Watchdogs – Waterbury Republican-American

12/03/16 Leaders of Connecticut government’s watchdog agencies — the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the Office of State Ethics and the Freedom of Information Commission — worry they may face crippling cuts as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the legislature tackle looming budget deficits in excess of $1 billion. “I am always hopeful, but I’m still […]

Kansas transparency pledge drawing few lawmakers Link opens in a new window.

Only a handful of Kansas’ 165 legislators have signed an initiative to promote openness and transparency in state government by taking what is being called the “transparency pledge,” but the list does include most Lawrence-area legislators.

The Open Kansas initiative was announced Jan. 27 by a coalition of advocacy groups, including Kansas Appleseed, El Centro, Communities Creating Opportunity, Kansas Action for Children, and Kansas Association of Community Action Programs.

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Idaho bill would exempt infrastructure records from disclosure Link opens in a new window.

Records related to “critical infrastructure” would become exempt from disclosure under public records law if a bill that was introduced Friday passes.

“Anyone can walk into any government office and get whatever blueprints they wa…