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When cops clam up

You may have noticed that the nation’s law enforcement community has developed a bit of a credibility gap. And that is too bad – for all of us. 307 more words


Transparency: A Note on Your Organization's Bittersweet Burden

In a recent court ruling, the IRS was ordered to release digitally-readable versions of charity tax forms.  An open-records advocacy group called Public.Resource.org filed a lawsuit against the government agency for converting Form 990s into PDF images which cannot be searched using data analytics.   451 more words

Philanthropy Communication In The Digital World

Passage of bill points to need for transparency in Kansas government

TOPEKA – Kansas government could become more transparent under a new law passed by the legislature today. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is pleased with the passage of a bill he proposed earlier this year. 173 more words


Choosing Your Battles

When I was in the middle of my ‘open adoption poster child’ phase I was invited to fly to NY to be on a national talk show. 358 more words


Ethics questions prompts an agency retreat on boxing tickets for lawmakers

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — When the cornerman for boxer Carlos Molina famously jumped into the ring a bit too early for the referee’s liking during a 2012 fight at Reliant Arena, prompting the winning Molina’s disqualification and thunderous boos from the packed crowd — few spectators had a better view than a trio of state lawmakers. 870 more words

Letter to Indiana Legislators in Support of SB352

I am an adult adoptee writing in support of SB352 coming up for a vote on Tuesday. I cannot stress how important this vote is to 350,000 Hoosier adoptees who have waited a lifetime to obtain their records and original birth certificate. 919 more words

Adoption Reform

Kansas Senate advances open records, meetings proposals

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to two bills designed to make government more transparent.

Senators advanced the bills Thursday. They would limit government fees for producing records and make legislative meetings more accessible. 94 more words