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Coeburn's mayor/manager

From the Coalfield Progress, Aug. 16, 2013


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NFOIC FOI Summit Keynote Address

Charlottesville's Waldo Jaquith talks about his project States Decoded at the National FOI Coalition FOI Summit in New Orleans, May 18.

Making Your FOIA Life Easier

A workshop for state and local records managers at the Library of Virginia: Thursday, May 30, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court upholds FOIA's citizenship limitation

In a unanimous decision handed down April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Virginia FOIA provision that limits its use to Virginia citizens only is constitutional. Read the opinion here. Or view a round-up of articles and editorials.

Sunshine Report April 2013

The April 2013 issue of the Sunshine Report is online, featuring a round-up of Sunshine Week stories, court cases and open government in the news during the month of March.

Sunshine Week 2013 round-up

A round-up of stories and editorials about open government in celebration of Sunshine Week 2013

Secrecy is a brick wall

Op-Ed piece: "Those governing us find the unrestricted flow of information a bitter pill to swallow. When questioned about their actions, they say that it's for our own safety. Does this argument stand? Is openness detrimental to security? I think not.... Secrecy chokes democracy and mitigates our ability to respond to outside threats.

Transparency: do as I say, not as I do

Virginian-Pilot article starts, "Government transparency is a popular phrase with politicians, even if their actions don't always match the rhetoric.Consider this: While legislators at the General Assembly ostensibly did the people's business this winter in Richmond, many of their bills effectively restricted the right to obtain government records.

Bill would prohibit the public from monitoring government regulation

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