February 19th, 2010
Have a weak records law in your state? Sue with help from NFOIC
By David Cuillier
The National Freedom of Information Coalition has started its legal offense on overly secretive agencies. This week the group announced its first two cases to be litigated from its $2 million litigation fund, provided by the Knight Foundation.
One suit will fight for handwritten notes used by government officials during public meetings in Florida. The other will sue over the use of e-mails by officials to skirt the sunshine law in Florida. See the NFOIC press release and Knight FOI fund for more information.
If you have an issue in your state that needs legal resolution, check out the Knight fund and see if it can help. This is particularly helpful if agencies are flagrantly violating the law or if the law is fuzzy and needs a little clarification by the courts.