The FOI Advocate blog is doing an excellent job of picking up more stories about local access to government information.
Good news from Virginia. After a recent study that showed how hard it can be to get public information in Virginia (See Survey of records access in Virginia), there is some new good news. One Virginia city “plans to create an office that will handle requests for documents that are available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.”
- Office to handle FIOA requests to be created, DailyPress, Hampton Roads, Virginia, January 18, 2007
Bad news from California. “Police agencies in the capital region and statewide routinely delay, dismiss or ignore ordinary citizens’ requests for reports on basic public crime, arrest and other topics, according to a landmark audit of California law enforcement agency practices…. The average grade earned was an F plus.”
- Public records access foiled By Andrew McIntosh, Phillip Reese, Chelsea Phua and Todd Milbourn, The Sacramento Bee, January 12, 2007