Miss. does worst in country in online databases

State Listings by

Number of Categories Viewed Free Online:

Texas 20

Hawaii 11

New Jersey 18

Illinois 11

North Carolina 17

Kentucky 11

New York 16

Louisiana 11

Utah 16

Missouri 11

Colorado 15

Tennessee 11

Michigan 15

Iowa 10

Ohio 15

Massachusetts 10

Virginia 15

New Mexico 10

Arizona 14

Oklahoma 10

Florida 14

Vermont 10

Georgia 14

Wisconsin 10

Kansas 14

Connecticut 9

Nevada 14

Maine 9

Washington 14

Delaware 8

Alabama 13

Idaho 8

Arizona 13

New Hampshire 8

Maryland 13

Rhode Island 8

Minnesota 13

South Dakota 8

North Dakota 13

West Virginia 8

Pennsylvania 13

Indiana 7

Alaska 12

Montana 7

California 12

Oregon 7

Nebraska 12

Wyoming 7

South Carolina 12

Mississippi 4

So what’s online?

statewide school test data (50)

DOT projects and contracts (48)

political campaign contributions and expenses (48)

fictitious business name registrations (30)

And we lack …

disciplinary actions against medical physicians (47)

audit reports (46)

disciplinary actions against attorneys (38)

environmental citations/violations (37)

teacher certifications (34)

nursing home inspection reports (29)

database of expenditures (29)

consumer complaints (24)

child care center inspection reports (23)

bridge inspection and safety reports (23)

personal financial disclosure reports (22)

hospital inspection reports (17)

school bus inspections (12)

school inspection/safety records (11)

gas pump overcharge records (8)

death certificates (5)

H/t to Chris Joyner’s CL Blog

Who says:
We rapidly are moving into an era where the only reasonable standard for making government information public will be its voluntary publication on the Internet.

The most recent observation of Sunshine Week took that very approach to grading states for openness, and Mississippi did poorly. In essence, the idea is that government should make information it holds available online rather than waiting to be asked for it.

The federal government has made significant strides, thanks to the 1996 Freedom of Information Act amendment, which mandated Electronic Reading Rooms for frequently requested material. Some agencies have made more progress than others.

One area of government that has taken the freedom bull by the openness horns is public health. I was cruising through today’s paper and read the update on last week tragic drowning at a Jackson public pool. Fortunately, such incidents in Jackson are rare, but they take place around the U.S. with regularity.