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NFOIC State Coalitions

Florida First Amendment Foundation

On Oct. 17, the FAF will celebrate the work of Executive Director Barbara Petersen, who is retiring after 25 years. Petersen also serves on the NFOIC board of directors. Please join us in congratulating Barbara on her work supporting open government and the First Amendment! (Read more)

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government

In September, the New Mexico Court of Appeals Monday affirmed a lower court ruling obtained by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) holding that Corizon Health, which formerly provided medical care for state prison inmates, must turn over requested public records and pay legal fees for violating the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). (Read more)

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition 

CFOIC recently asked University of Denver law student Jill Beathard (Sturm College of Law, J.D. 2019) to research the laws governing the retention of public records, examine best practices and make recommendations. CFOIC hopes that Beathard’s paper, “But the Emails …. What Colorado Needs to Do to Preserve the Modern Public Record,” will start a conversation about how long state agencies and local government entities should keep emails, text messages and other electronic communications that concern public business. (Read more)

FOI Oklahoma 

The coalition has been busy kicking off a series of open meetings/records seminars across the state. FOI Oklahoma is co-sponsoring the seminars, which are hosted by the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office and the Oklahoma Press Association. The coalition also held its annual awards banquet at the University of Central Oklahoma and is launching a new FOI advisory board, which includes a number of notable names in the FOI community. (Read more)

Virginia Coalition for Open Government

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments Sept. 11 in a case brought by a group calling itself Transparent GMU against George Mason University and its foundation over access to records on donors. Attorneys fielded questions from the judges on public business, the agency relationship and the dual role of a university employee who also works for the foundation. A decision is expected in the next several weeks. VCOG's Megan Rhyne attended the arguments, and VCOG filed an amicus brief in support of Transparent GMU. (Read more)

Idahoans for Openness in Government

IDOG, in conjunction with the Idaho Attorney General, is hosting a series of free seminars in October on the Idaho Open Meeting Law and the Idaho Public Records Law. IDOG and the AG have been holding these sessions around the state since 2004. They are funded in part by grants from NFOIC, the Best of the West Foundation and the Idaho Media Project at Boise State University. (Read more)
 
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