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Smithfield Times reprimands

The Smithfield Times - Wed., March 9, 2011 - Page 5

Supers threaten reprimands

By Diana McFarland

News editor

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors discussed a potential new policy Thursday concerning questions

posed to employees by supervisors.  The issue was discussed during closed session, which caused Smithfield

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Smithfield Times on McPherson suit

The Smithfield Times, March 2, 2011

McPherson suit settled confidentially
by Scott King 

The $2.4 million lawsuit be- tween Superintendent Dr. Michael McPherson and Board member Herb DeGroft has settled, though details are being kept confidential.

Terms of the "confidential settlement" could not be dis- closed, said DeGroft's attorney William Nexsen of Norfolk.

McPherson filed the lawsuit in April 2010 alleging defamation and seeking $1.3 million in damages.

Smithfield open government issues

Two interesting articles from the Smithfield Times, which does not have online links. One is about opposition by some board of supervisors members to having someone who has written critical letters to the editor about the board barred from appointment to the Planning Commission. The other is about an attempt to have all requests for information by board members to go through the county administrator. Read both articles here.

Smithfield Times articles

By Diana McFarland

News editor

An attempt to block a resident critical of the county from serving on the Isle of Wight Planning Commission failed Thursday in a 3-2 vote.

FOIA citizenship case ruling

A federal district court in Richmond upheld Virginia's limitation on the use of the state's Freedom of Information Act to citizens of the Commonwealth (and newspapers covering Virginia). The court agreed that the plaintiffs had standing to bring the suit (a technical issue that was previously disputed), but also ruled the limitation does not burden fundamental rights within the Privileges & Immunities Clause.

General Assembly 2011

Keep track of access-related bills in the 2011 General Assembly with VCOG's legislative chart. New bills are being added, and once the session starts, actions will be taken quickly, so check back often.

VCOG position paper

The Virginia Coalition for Open Government has submitted comments to the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring in opposition to the proposal to eliminate the FOIA Council. Read the comments here.

VCOG Blog comments

The VCOG Blog is now INTERACTIVE! Users can register and comment on VCOG Blog posts. Tell us what YOU think about the Governor's Government Reform Commission's idea to cut the FOIA Council and what the FOIA Council means to you. Click here to join the conversation.

Sunshine Report Online: December 2010

The December 2010 issue of VCOG's monthly e-mail newsletter is also online here.


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