Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Open government is one of the most popular political issues according to poll after poll. Why aren't candidates taking the opportunity to explain to voters that they are pro-open government? Could it be that local elected officials like county commissioners and city council members generally don't like open government and their endorsements of a candidate are more important to that candidate than being pro-open government?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
- Metadata in an email or other electronic document is a "public record" subject to disclosure.
- A print-out of the email is not sufficient if metadata is requested.
- An agency may not delete emails that have been requested; the electronic version of the email must be preserved and provided.
It was a 5-4 decision. The justices ruling in favor of disclosure were: Owens, Fairhurst, Sanders, Stephens, and Chambers.
A dissent argued that the agency examining an agency employee's home computer for public records is potentially an unlawful "search." The dissenting justices were: Alexander, Chief Justice Madsen, C. Johnson, and J. Johnson.
The Attorney General filed a "friend of the court" brief arguing against disclosure.
Note that the purported decision to provide the city manager severance pay was made in a closed executive session. Of course. You wouldn't want people to see what was going on.
Thanks to Bill for this story.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Apparently the professor advocates government's constitutional right to rule people in secret.