Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Chipping away at open records

A Dallas Morning News story provides a sobering account of how Texas legislators do it one bill at a time.

Newspapers in every state should do this every year. Unfortunately, cutbacks in the Statehouse press corps make that more difficult.

A student of mine just completed an honors thesis that detailed more than 150 of these "other exemption" loopholes in South Carolina law. I see in today's paper where legislators want to now put the economic statements in divorce cases off-limits. And the beat goes on ...

the SPJ-FOI blog that pointed to the Dallas article also points to a new entrerprise, the wikifoia -- a neat new idea to centralize FOIA information state by state and keep it updated.

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