May 20, 2016 •
A package of government transparency bills making the governor and Legislature subject to Michigan public record laws has reported out of a House committee in a unanimous vote. The reform package strives to open the majority of the Legislature’s records […]
A package of government transparency bills making the governor and Legislature subject to Michigan public record laws has reported out of a House committee in a unanimous vote.
The reform package strives to open the majority of the Legislature’s records to public inspection and would eliminate many existing public records exemptions for the governor and lieutenant governor by including these records under the umbrella of the Freedom of Information Act.
Lawmakers are hopeful the bills will pass the Legislature prior to adjournment for the summer. If passed, the reform measures would apply only to records created after January 1, 2017.
May 1, 2012 •
A new look and more transparency.
The state of Oklahoma has just announced the debut of its new web portal, OK.gov. The site sports a new look and promises to offer a wealth of searchable datasets on Data.OK.gov. For instance, you can view state expenditures and vendor payments by quarter.
According to their site: “Data.OK.gov strives to make Oklahoma government more transparent through an unprecedented level of openness in Oklahoma government. By publishing raw datasets in different formats, you can look up statistics, build applications, conduct analysis and perform research. Data.OK.gov allows for a simple way to gather Oklahoma government data about the economy, public health, transportation, environment, and more on one website. Centralized access to this data saves you from having to visit multiple websites.”
Perhaps you don’t find the information you need on OK.gov? The state invites you to send your feedback and let them know what data you would like to see included.
Here is the press release for the new site.
March 12, 2012 •
Promoting government transparency since 2005.
This week is Sunshine Week, the annual initiative by the American Society of News Editors that promotes and celebrates open government. Here are some of the first news stories about awards given for online government transparency:
“California state government’s website gets high marks for transparency” by Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee.
“IL governments awarded for online transparency” by Andrew Thomason in the Illinois Statehouse News.
“DC.gov Web site gets high marks for transparency” by Mike DeBonis in the Washington Post.
“6 Utah websites get government transparency awards” by The Associated Press in the Daily Herald.
“3 Richmond-area agencies honored for online transparency” by Jeremy Slayton in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“National group honors 14 Virginia entities for online government transparency” by The Associated Press in the Washington Post.
“W.Va.’s state website honored for transparency” by The Associated Press in the Wausau Daily Herald.