AUSTIN — Kelley Shannon, a longtime Texas journalist, has been named executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
Dale Leach, president of the foundation board of directors, said Shannon would begin her new duties Wednesday. She replaces Keith Elkins, who resigned in January to accept a position with an Austin television [...]
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By Matthew Waller Originally posted, 4.27.13
AUSTIN — House Rep. Phil Stephenson said he wants innocence until a person is proven guilty, and to that end, some information might be better kept away from the public.
His bill, HB 1331, would specifically [...]
Posted 4/16/2013 on Editor & Publisher
by: Nu Yang
Q: What would be your strongest argument for why governments should continue to post public notices in newspapers?
Alison Noon, 20 Junior, University of Colorado, Boulder Noon is studying journalism and political science. She is an editor and reporter at CU Independent, CU’s only [...]
Submit your 2013 Spirit of FOI Award nominations
Monday, April 8, is the deadline for electronic submission of entries for the 2013 Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award, which this year for the first time will recognize work in three divisions.
Sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press [...]
Published Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
By Jody Serrano
In an age when voluntarily sharing one’s intimate information on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites is common, a proposal to limit what content universities have access to seems out of step.
But state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, said there should be a limit to [...]
Updated Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Express-News Editorial Board
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other networking websites are great social media tools that allow us to keep up with friends, family and colleagues.
They also have created a gray area in employment law that needs some clarification.
At least four different bills have been filed in Austin [...]
Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
By Asher Price
A state senator whose district includes the Highland Lakes filed legislation Friday that would require the state auditor to review the books and operations of the Lower Colorado River Authority.
State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, has frequently warred with the nonprofit, quasi-state utility, which sells [...]
Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
By Laylan Copelin
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has asked Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to intervene in Davis’ attempt to obtain records from a foundation supporting the state’s troubled cancer agency.
Davis filed a civil complaint Friday, asking Lehmberg to determine that the Cancer Prevention [...]
Published: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
By Laylan Copelin
There is always bit of a lynch mob mentality when Texas lawmakers go after a Capitol scandal.
So it was last week for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the small state agency created to manage a $3 billion, 10-year effort to fund [...]
Posted: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
By Editorial Board
Asked if she recalls voting on bills that would keep Texas taxpayers from knowing how much is spent on legislative pensions, State Rep. Donna Howard replied that she doesn’t.
Howard, an Austin Democrat who took office in 2006, wryly noted that the legislation to deprive voters [...]