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Government still has work to do to fulfill the promise of FOIA

Information -- retrieved and revealed by residents, not muckraking reporters or government-watchdog agencies -- can lead to change.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Creation of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council was one of the highlights of my legislative career.

Jay DeBoer

FOIA compliance is the right thing to do

Many Va.localities flunk FOIA compliance test

Local governments have mixed record on FOIA requests
By HARRY MINIUM, The Virginian-Pilot

NORFOLK, Dec. 30, 2006 - A man walked into the Prince Edward County sheriff's office not long ago and asked to see the county's crime log _ a list of crimes committed the past weekend.

As a Virginia resident, who might want information about criminal activity in his neighborhood, he was entitled by law to see the documents.

Yet a captain walked in and ended a short conversation by saying: "I told you straight up, we're not giving out no records."

$93,000 awarded in FOIA fees

Culpeper County Board of Supervisors violated Virginia's open-meeting law; insurance to cover fees ordered by Va. Supreme Court

Suffolk creates FOI office

Idea is to help citizens who want public records

2006 FOI Awards

Winners include the Virginia Beach FOI Office

Va. Supreme Court rules against Culpeper in FOIA case; $93,000 in fees awarded

The court unanimously reversed a Circuit Court decision that denied attorney fees and upheld a secret discussion of a school construction project.


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