Stories tagged: public records
Thu., Sept. 22, 2016
A small fee would be palatable if combined with other ideas for cutting costs of public disclosure and expanding access to information.
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
The University of Idaho has missed a filing deadline in response to a request for any emails or documents involving the campus veterinarian and feral cats.
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
A new state audit says Washington’s city, county and state agencies spent $60 million on fulfilling public records requests last year. Shawn Vestal says that’s money well-spent.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 3:22 p.m.
Retired Spokane Police officer Brian Breen has filed a lawsuit against the City of Spokane for the
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 10:36 a.m.
An Idaho 4th District judge has ordered a Florida dental services contractor to disclose nearly 100 pages from its successful bid for an Idaho Medicaid contract that the company had …
Wed., June 15, 2016, 11:33 a.m.
A $50 million-a-year state contract award is on hold, after Blue Cross – the current contractor – sued, contending the state improperly allowed the other bidders to submit much of …
Mon., June 13, 2016, 6:58 p.m.
Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama legislation making it easier for Americans to obtain government records.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 12:11 p.m.
A federal judge said Wednesday he may order Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server as secretary of state to …
Thu., March 24, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a $502,000 penalty for Public Records Act violations by the state Department of Labor and Industries, in a ruling which affirms that judges can …
Sun., Feb. 21, 2016
Idaho House passes an exemption to public records law that relies on a fevered imagination, instead of actual events, to justify its necessity.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 3:38 p.m.
Should the government be allowed to keep the names of police officers secret from the news media and public? A bill moving forward in Virginia would do that.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 1:19 p.m.
The Idaho House has approved a bill that would allow public utilities to keep blueprints and other documents secret from the public.
Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Companion bills would keep certain information about marijuana business from the public.
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, 6:40 p.m.
For months, Tim Schwering has been talking to Spokane’s Public Safety Committee about a worst-case scenario for the police records unit he supervises. Half of the department’s 202 patrol officers …
Sun., Dec. 6, 2015, 10 a.m.
Records provided by Lyft and Uber to Spokane City Hall showing the number of trips and payments to public coffers must be released, a Spokane County judge ruled last month.
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 11:35 p.m.
Idaho’s public records law is more restrictive than that in neighboring Washington and the University of Idaho appears to take maximum advantage of the law’s restrictions.
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
Government advisory boards that craft policy and offer recommendations should be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act.
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, 10:49 a.m.
A public employee’s work-related text messages are public records, even when they are sent and received on a private cellphone are public records, the state Supreme Court ruled today.
Tue., March 17, 2015
Ride-sharing juggernauts Lyft and Uber are fighting – and winning – a legal battle to keep ridership numbers and other data about their business in Spokane under wraps. A judge …
Wed., Oct. 29, 2014
OLYMPIA – Spokane Public Schools should not release records of investigations into unproven allegations against two teachers, even if it removes their names, because identifying them from the documents is …
Thu., Sept. 11, 2014
Idaho typically elects conservative officeholders with skeptical views of government and then allows them to lower the blinds on public information. One would think voters would want the government closest …
Fri., July 25, 2014
OLYMPIA – Renters who have been wrongly sued by their landlords can’t have their names hidden in court records to prevent possible problems with finding future housing, the state Supreme …
Thu., June 19, 2014
BILLINGS – U.S. transportation officials said Wednesday that details about volatile oil train shipments are not sensitive security information, after railroads have sought to keep the material from the public …
Fri., May 16, 2014
The Washington Supreme Court should reject proposed rules that would allow more court records to be sealed, possibly for eternity. The changes would violate or compromise the presumption in the …
Thu., April 24, 2014
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order Wednesday creating an Idaho public records ombudsman to manage concerns and complaints. The new ombudsman will collect information about state …
Wed., April 16, 2014
Public records laws are important tools for citizens to use in the battle against government secrecy and power. Anyone who has ever used them is familiar with occasional stonewalling and …
Sun., Feb. 2, 2014
Questions about whether the public has a right to know details of alleged teacher misconduct are the subject of three separate court actions involving Spokane-area school districts in recent weeks. …
Fri., Jan. 11, 2013
BOISE – Idaho’s governor and state controller unveiled a new state government transparency website Thursday, with extensive data about the state’s finances and workforce that’s automatically updated every night. “We’ve …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2012
OLYMPIA – Faced with a rapidly growing number of requests for public records, Spokane Public Schools wants to charge the public for the cost of locating and preparing those records. …
Fri., March 18, 2011
By an encouragingly comfortable 77-19 margin, the Washington House of Representatives has passed legislation to restore a measure of access to public records that the Washington state Supreme Court closed …