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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…

New Mexico open-government group questions secret budget talks Link opens in a new window.

House Republican and Democratic lawmakers in New Mexico have been gathering in closed-door committee and subcommittee meetings over the last two weeks to discuss how to allocate more than $6 billion in state money, without the public scrutiny that co…

South Carolina bill requires police to get judge’s OK to withhold video Link opens in a new window.

Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina would need a judge’s permission to withhold dashcam video under legislation intended to prevent police from indefinitely blocking the public’s ability to scrutinize an officer’s action.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin said Thursday his bill could inject confidence in a police decision.

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Massachusetts passes public records reform bill Link opens in a new window.

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday revamping the state’s much-maligned public records law, considered one of the least effective in the country.
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