Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the legislation, called Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling “an unprecedented power grab by activists judges.”
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“Risk will never be zero so it has to be actively managed,” according to Jason Lally, data services manager for the city and county of San Francisco.
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The proposals would have required American Water to make new disclosures on political contributions and lobbying.
Ohio and West Virginia were among the states that fared well in the rankings.
“Local officials are used to the idea that their records are public,” according to state freedom of information advocate Michele Earl-Hubbard. “It is the longtimers at the Capitol who don’t think that way.”
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It all started with a proposed local mural. Then things online got snarky and personal.
The state has had eight years to develop a secure election process that’s open source and easily replicable.
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The commission could be in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act for making decisions during an “organizational” call.
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“We’re trying to establish a culture where the default for datasets is trying to make things open data,” said the city’s chief data officer.
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The first iteration will rely on hospital claims data to infer the average costs of various medical procedures.
“The Legislature really needs to clarify what the public policy is going to be,” according to the city manager of Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Relatively few states have authorized remote testimony in the legislative process, but the early use of the practice has shown successes in the Evergreen State.
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