Today in #OpenGov 6/3/2014
Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including corruption everywhere and mixed open records news.
- The vice president of FIFA is facing reports that received favors in return for backing Qatar’s, already tarnished, bid to host the 2022 World Cup. (Washington Times)
- AsktheEU.org aims to make it easier for the public to submit public information requests, but the European Commission is throwing a wrench in the works by refusing to accept requests that are not accompanied by a postal address. AsktheEU.org is an email based system. (Access Info)
- A pilot program to pay Afghani police stationed in remote locations via credits to their cellphone has been successful at reducing corruption. (Government Executive)
State and Local News
- An op-ed arguing that Californians should vote for Proposition 42, which would put the burden for paying open meetings and records costs on local governments. Supporters argue that this will eliminate ongoing battles between the state and localities and make the process run more smoothly. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
- Patrick Cannon, the former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina is expected to plead guilty to corruption charges following his March arrests and allegations that he accepted nearly $50,000 from undercover FBI agents. (POLITICO)
- Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Tues. 6/3. 10:30 am. 216 Hart Senate Office Building.
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