Reporter Mark Greenburg sites data showing "that SUSD Governing Board members Barbara Perleberg, Sandy Kravetz, Pam Kirby and Kim Hartmann exchanged more than 1,890 sequential text messages and phone calls from 4/11/18 through 12/31/18, conducting board meetings via text and telephone, away from the prying eyes of voters, and exchanged text messages with each other during 2018 Governing Board meetings." The text messaging continued into 2019.
Read more: https://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/opinions/greenburg-my-scottsdale-school-board-investigation-findings/
Current Scottsdale school board member, Jann-Michael Greenburg, has asked the Arizona Attorney General's office to investigate whether the former board violated Arizona's Open Meeting Law. Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale-education/2019/07/18/arizona-attorney-general-office-investigates-scottsdale-school-board-over-private-meetings/1740476001/
Council Members from Lafayette City-Parish in Louisiana 'skirted,' 'disregarded' Open Meetings law according to AG
According to an assistant state attorney general multiple Council members violated Louisiana's open meetings law by discussing how to get the votes needed to adopt a change in the local government charter over text messages.
Read more: https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/2019/07/19/lafayette-council-members-accused-violating-open-meetings-laws/1778700001/
Read about the importance of preserving information on mobile devices in the recent Illinois State Bar Association article, "Lost Text Messages Lead to Sanctions" by George Bellas.
Former Atlanta Mayor's Press Secretary Facing criminal Charges for Alleged Failure to Comply with Georgia’s Open Records
Jenna Garland is facing criminal charges for alleged failure to comply with Georgia’s open records law. She faces two misdemeanor charges, but they represent the first time in Georgia history that any public official has been criminally charged under the state’s open records law. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/us/georgia-open-records-jenna-garland.html