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Friday, June 05, 2009

NFOIC Summit: Minnesota FOIA roundup

State-by-state updates at the 2009 NFOIC Summit: Helen Burke of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information provided a summary of her state's FOI news.
  • The governor's approach toward retention of e-mails is that they be kept up to 90 days, preferably 30 days.
  • Minnesota took a step in the right direction with the Transparency and Accountability Project which includes vendor reports.
  • Minnesota doesn't allow cameras in the courtroom, but the Supreme Court has said there can be a commission set up to explore this issue. It's moving at a glacial pace but in a good direction.
  • The Uptake streamed the hearings regarding the Franken/Coleman senatorial election.
  • Public access suffered a setback when the governor signed into law a bill that defines the Department of Natural Resources database as not a public database.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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