Following a historic midterm election, two ballot measures in western states passed, granting each jurisdiction new laws governing transparency and access to records.
Ahead of tomorrow’s midterm elections, voters in Nevada and San Francisco, California prepare to decide on the future of their government’s power over open access. If you’re voting in either location, make sure you’re knowledgeable on the potential impacts on transparency effects these two ballot measures could have.
This week’s FOIA round-up: Trump’s family separation policy leaves a paper trail, and Orlando’s “bureaucratic inertia” stalled a life-saving response plan ahead of Pulse shooting
In this week’s FOIA round-up, public records confirm the Trump administration’s intentional policy of family separation and shine light on a stalled Orlando Fire Department policy that could have saved lives during the Pulse Nightclub shooting. In public records law news, a provision of a November ballot initiative could expose San Francisco’s lauded Sunshine Ordinance to lawmaker interference.
Last week, we took our first look into Ronald Reagan’s recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file and how it documented the close personal friendship between Reagan and Director J. Edgar Hoover. However, a section of the file from a decade earlier reveals a much less auspicious first encounter between the Gipper and the G-Man, with Hoover repeatedly turning down a starstruck Reagan’s offer to guest star on General Electric Theater.
With nationwide protests calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and countercharges alleging that such movements are the work of sinister foreign agents intent on sowing discord, it’s worth revisiting a similar period in American history when the Federal Bureau of Investigation framed opposition to House Un-American Activities Committee as Communist agitation - and faced pushback even within its own ranks.