Followup: Yeah, that public employee salary bill stinks, as written

I wrote a column last week poking at the Virginia Press Association for raising issue over a bill that would impact the disclosure of low-level public employee salaries.


Media types can get a little too touchy about FOIA

I’m a journo, so I get it. Anytime a pol proposes an exemption to FOIA, I’m supposed to cry foul.


Making Sunshine Week every week

The tenth Sunshine Week ended about six month ago, on March 21. This annual celebration of open government was created by the American Society of News Editors with a grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.

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President Obama should adhere to openness policies by supporting reforms

The President has a new opportunity to ensure that the openness policies laid out on his first day of office do not end on his last day.

Schilling Show host to sue Greene County government for FOIA violation

WINA radio host and SchillingShow.com founder Rob Schilling is initiating a FOIA-related lawsuit against Greene County, Virginia.

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Norfolk settles lawsuit brought by ACLU of Virginia on behalf of PETA

The ACLU of Virginia announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) with the City of Norfolk in a lawsuit filed over the City’s refusal to treat texts of public officials as public records.


ACLU of Virginia demands information on telephone analysis sharing network

The ACLU of Virginia on Friday released a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request it sent in response to allegations that the Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network may be sharing and storing data unconstitutionally.


Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies.


Judge: FOIA suit against City of Norfolk can proceed

ACLU of Virginia lawyers representing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) presented arguments today in their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the City of Norfolk.


Amy Bennett: We need Congress to fix the FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a critical law for making sure the public has a fighting chance to get copies of records the government might not want it to see.


Patrice McDermott: Farm Bill threatens our right to know

Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public’s right to this information, however, could be stripped away by the Farm Bill currently under debate in Congress.