PoliceOne: Federal grant to help Ala. establish a civil asset forfeiture database. “Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced April 10 a $38,336 grant that will go toward establishing a statewide database to enable the tracking of property seized by police during arrests. The money, which is provided to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice, will go to the Alabama Justice Information Commission for the development of a civil asset forfeiture plan. The plan includes the development of a database.”
NHPR: N.H. Launches Online Database for More Than 16,000 Historical Records. “State officials launched an online database Tuesday that gives users access to more than 16,000 historical documents. It’s called the Enhanced Mapping and Management Information tool — or EMMIT for short. Envisioned about 20 years ago, the system provides instant access to records.” Apparently this resource will have a cost but it’s not clear from the article how much that cost will be.
Patch: GA City Officials May Be Allowed To Sue Social Media Critics. “City officials are considering passing a law that would allow them to sue anyone on social media who they believe have defamed them. The ordinance, set to come before the Peachtree City council on Thursday, would allow a council member, the city manager or any city worker to sue its residents, at taxpayer expense, for damages.”
Arizona Secretary of State: Arizona Memory Project Is Chugging Along With New Rail Road Collection. “The Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation, located in Williams, Arizona, recently uploaded 22 full-size, color land grant application maps of the historic Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company on the Arizona Memory Project….The Land Grant Filing Maps are first generation enhanced images scanned from the original ink-on-lined color drawings and filed with the National Archives and Records Administration. The maps represent the railroad from 1881 to 1883.”
Source Weekly: Oregon’s Art Collection Gets Its Own Website . “Have you ever been out and about and wandered across a piece of art that made you wonder who created it or why it’s there? A new website from the Oregon Arts Commission has categorized and made accessible online all 2,400 works of art acquired and commissioned by the State of Oregon since 1975.
ABC 12: MSP database contains millions of photos of Michigan residents. “You might expect the police to have access to your driver’s license photo, but what about your social media photos as well? It’s called the Statewide Network of Agency Photos or Snap. Michigan State Police’s database of photos. Millions of them, possibly of you, me and a whole lot of other people in the state of Michigan. Photos you had no idea law enforcement had access to.”
MuckRock: MuckRock gives a state-by-state look at your public records law. “There are 50 state records laws (51 counting Washington D.C.) all with different statutes, exemptions, and limitations that dictate what you can get from your state and local agencies. With the rules of access differing across the board, MuckRock provides an easy way to keep track of them all through our interactive database showcasing the best, the worst, and the confusing parts of state records law.”