The state of Massachusetts includes all records of electronic communications - including text messages - as items subject to a request under the Freedom of Information Act Request. The state law view's text messaging as an electronic record of dialogue that can be entered as evidence in court. Read more: https://patch.com/massachusetts/falmouth/text-messaging-raises-municipal-legal-requirements-massachusetts
For many months, public record requests put in by local newspapers have gone unanswered by the City of Frontenac leading a transparency watchdog group to suggest the law needs to be changed. The issue began when the city council fired three public officials at a meeting without any prior discussion.
Read more: https://www.morningsun.net/news/20200122/transparency-watchdog-urges-law-change-as-frontenac-continues-withholding-records
Former State Agency Director Sues Arkansas Department of Transportation and Shared Services Over Release of Text Messages
Former State Agency Director sues to stop of text messages he sent on his then-state-issued cellphone to a vendor's representative. The messages were requested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act based on questions about three state projects totaling $8.2 million with the vendor.
Read more: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jan/10/ex-staffer-with-state-sues-to-get-text-/
The city council in Venice, Florida will vote on whether to approve a consent final judgment to settle a lawsuit over the city’s inability to produce text messages. The consent agreement would cost the city $45,321 in attorney fees and court costs.
Read more: https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20200109/venice-to-vote-on-sunshine-lawsuit-settlement
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