California Governor Jerry Brown signed a handful of bills this week including new legislation that increases transparency within local jurisdictions in California. In addition to the two new laws we wrote about earlier this week SB-978 was signed, which requires law enforcement agencies to publish their “training, policies, practices, and operating procedures.”
Want to know how the Trump administration’s border enforcement is going? Be prepared to wait, and to fight, for transparency.
Sunshine Week is coming up, and there’s a lot to be excited about this year. In this week’s FOIA roundup, some resources to get ready, plus a chance to say hi if you’re at NICAR or in the Boston area.
After a court ruled state legislators and senators were subject to Washington’s Public Records Act, elected officials there quickly moved, with no public hearings, to make sure that emails and many other would continued to be kept from public. After an unprecedented backlash, Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed the bill and the legislature has agreed to get more public feedback before any changes are made.
Drone Watch sent this request to the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service of the United States of America
Drone Watch sent this request to the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America
Drone Watch sent this request to the Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) of California