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NYS DOS COOG 2010 FOIL Report

NYS DOS COOG 2010 FOIL Report

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STATE OF NEW YORKDEPARTMENT OF STATECOMMITTEE ON OPEN GOVERNMENT
Committee Members One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Suite 650Albany, New York 12231Tedra L. Cobb Tel (518) 474-2518Ruth Noemí Colón Fax (518) 474-1927Carla Chiaro http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/index.htmlRobert L. MegnaRichard Ravitch December, 2010Clifford Richner David A. SchulzRobert T. Simmelkjaer II, Chair Executive Director Robert J. Freeman
REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THESTATE LEGISLATURE2010BUILDING A CULTURE OF OPENNESSANDIMPROVING TRANSPARENCY
 
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it,is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy or perhaps both.”
--James Madison, August 4, 1822
“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
--Louis Brandeis, 1913
 
December 16, 2010Page -2-
 
TableofContents
 
IN MEMORIAM: JANET MERCER 
2010 REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE ....................................4
THECOMMITTEE’SROLE.......................................................................................................................................5CONCERNSREGARDINGTHECOMMITTEESEFFECTIVENESS.................................................................................5THEBASISOFTHELAW:APRESUMPTIONOFACCESS..........................................................................................5
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2010 ............................................................................................................................6
LEGISLATIONAMENDINGTHEOPENMEETINGSLAW...........................................................................................6INTERNATIONALCONSULTATION..........................................................................................................................7CONTINUINGLEGALEDUCATION..........................................................................................................................8FOILCONTINUESTOSAVEMONEY........................................................................................................................8SYMPOSIUM:E-FOIL:ISSUESOFACCESSINTHEDIGITALAGE..............................................................................9KUDOS...................................................................................................................................................................9
 
THE FUTURE ..........................................................................................................................................10
 
LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR 2010 .............................................................................................11
 
PROACTIVEDISCLOSURE......................................................................................................................................11RECORDSDISCUSSEDATMEETINGS....................................................................................................................13PUBLICEMPLOYEEPAYROLLRECORDS................................................................................................................14RECOGNIZINGTHATACCESSDELAYEDISACCESSDENIED:EXPEDITINGAPPEALSINLITIGATION......................16TENTATIVECOLLECTIVEBARGAININGAGREEMENTS..........................................................................................17
 
ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS ....................................................................................18
POLICEOFFICERS’ANDCERTAINOTHERS’PERSONNELRECORDS......................................................................18MANDATORYAWARDOFATTORNEY’SFEESUNDERFOIL..................................................................................19POLITICALCAUCUSES...........................................................................................................................................20THEPUBLICEMPLOYEESREFORMACT/COMMISSIONONPUBLICINTEGRITY....................................................21
 
December 16, 2010Page -3-
 
CAMERASINTHECOURTS...................................................................................................................................22E911RECORDS.....................................................................................................................................................22SEXOFFENSES......................................................................................................................................................23
 
TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENTS .........................................................................................................24
INAPPROPRIATEDENIALSOFACCESS:ARECOMMENDATIONFORRELIEFFORTHETAXPAYER.........................24STREAMLININGTRADESECRETPROTECTIONPROCEDURES...............................................................................25
 
SERVICES RENDERED BY THE COMMITTEE .............................................................................29
UseoftheCommittee’sWebsite.....................................................................................................................29ContinuingLegalEducation.............................................................................................................................30STATISTICALSUMMARY.......................................................................................................................................30FreedomofInformationLawStatistics............................................................................................................31OpenMeetingsLawStatistics..........................................................................................................................31PersonalPrivacyProtectionLawStatistics......................................................................................................31CombinedFiguresRegardingtheThreeLaws.................................................................................................32
 
Presentations ............................................................................................................................................32
EducatingthePublicandGovernmentOfficials..................................................................................................32

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