Photos: 2006 gala and conference (page 2)

Board President Paul McMasters (left) presides over the Nov. 16 VCOG board meeting with VCOG Executive Director Frosty Landon at his side. Both men will step down from their positions in 2007. McMasters' will be succeeded by current board vice president Wat Hopkins. Landon's successor had not been chosen.

Frank Gibson (left) of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, Charles Davis of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and Barbara Petersen of Florida's First Amendment Foundation compare the highs and lows of access laws across the country.

Lucy Dalglish, VCOG board member and executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, moderated the panel on access trends across the country.

In a panel moderated by Frosty Landon (not shown), Pat Gleason (left) of the Florida Attorney General's Office, Bob Johnson of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, and Camille Jobin-Davis of New York's Committee on Open Government, weigh the pros and cons of litigation of FOI-related disputes versus informal mediation.

VCOG board member Harry Hammitt (center), publisher of Access Reports, served as both moderator and panelist discussing the interaction between state access laws and three federal laws restricting access (FERPA, HIPAA and DPPA). Joining him was Virginia FOI Advisory Council Executive Director Maria Everett (left) and VCOG board member Tonda Rush, head of American PressWorks.

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