Posts Tagged FOIA

Social Media and Lawmakers: What is Public Record and What Isn’t?

foia_stockAre social media posts public records? That was the question in a recent legal case that could have far reaching consequences for public records in Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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Should Social Media Posts from Lawmakers Be Considered Public Records?

 

foia_stock.jpgWhen an elected official posts on Facebook, is that a public record? That’s the question at the center of a Henrico County case that could have broad implications for freedom of information. Michael Pope has the story.

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Judge’s FOIA Ruling Creates More Questions Than Answers

foia_stockHow much information should the public have about members of the General Assembly? And how should they go about getting it? Michael Pope has the story.

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Attempts to Reform Virginia’s Open Records Law Lead Nowhere, Critics Say

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Many communications in state government remain secret under exemptions to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act despite attempts to reform the law. (Credit: Bill Dickenson / Flickr)

For the last three years, leaders from across Virginia have been looking at improving the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. But now that they’re done, critics say the final result won’t do much to improve transparency. Michael Pope has more on the law’s exemptions.

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Virginia Attorney General’s Office Says Fairfax Schools Can’t Redact Disclosure Forms

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Virginia’s largest school system may also be its most secretive. Leaders at the Fairfax County School system have a history of redacting information from financial disclosure forms of School Board members. Now, as Michael Pope reports, a new opinion from the Virginia attorney general says they should hand over the information.

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