Archive for April, 2008

KY: Inmate Lookup

April 29, 2008

If you think someone you know may be in a Kentucky jail somewhere, today’s State Agency Database Highlight might help you find him or her:

Kentucky Offender Online Lookup (KOOL) – Listing of currently incarcerated prisoners. From the website “Entries and updates to improve accuracy are done daily in order for the public to have the information that current technology and public resources will allow.” Records provide inmate name, crime(s), aliases (when available) and date prisoner entered system.

The Kentucky page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty Statea is maintained by Glen Mcaninch.

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KS: Is that Psychologist Licensed?

April 27, 2008

Are you concerned about a behavioral health specialist not having a valid license? Has your son’s substance abuse counselor been subject to disciplinary action? If you live in Kansas, you can make sure that the mental health professional treating you or a loved one has a valid license. Just use today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

License Verification – Search the BSRB Database by name, license number and/or license type for licensed psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, masters level psychologists, and marriage & family therapists, as well as registered alcohol and drug abuse counselors.

The Kansas page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Bill Sowers.

MO: Show Me How Charities Handle $

April 25, 2008

If you live in Missouri, you have a tool at your fingertips to help you decide whether to donate to a particular charity. Just use today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Check a Charity – This database allows users to search for charitable organizations by name to identify its mission, administrative costs, expenses, revenue, and contact information. However, the selected financial information presented in these reports has been taken from information voluntarily filed by the charities. This information has not been independently audited by the Attorney General’s Office, but rather represents self reported figures by the charity.

As it is a self-report, you might want to do some extra checking, but it is a start.

The Missouri page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Annie Moots.

RI: Who’s on Boards and Commissions

April 23, 2008

If you live in Rhode Island, do you know who serves on your Greenways Council, Water Resources Board or some other state board or commission? If not, now you can find out using today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Boards and Commissions Database – Search or browse for letters of appointment and certificates of engagement for persons appointed to offices, boards and commissions.

Records for a board or commission show the members of the body, when they were appointed and who appointed them. If you click on a member’s name, you will see a list of other boards and commissions that member serves on. This could come in useful for deciding who has influence where.

The Rhode Island page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Rebecca Blakeley.

IA: It’s the Law!

April 21, 2008

Do you know the latest laws in Iowa? Or what regulations pertain to hog farms? Find out with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Iowa Law searchable databases of Iowa Code, Iowa Acts, Iowa Administrative Code, Iowa Election Laws, Iowa Constitution, and Iowa Court Rules.

The Iowa page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Julie Thomas.

IN: Finding the Right Lesson

April 19, 2008

Are you looking for standards-based lesson plans to teach your children? Try today’s State Agency Database Highlight for ideas:

Lesson Locator Database – Guided search of detailed lesson plans by grade, subject and Indiana state standard. See this sixth grade lesson on heating things up as an example.

Although intended for Indiana educators, teachers in other states and homeschoolers might find these plans helpful.

The Indiana page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States currently has no documents specialist to maintain the page. If you would like to adopt this page and have knowledge of Indiana state government information, please send an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT alaska DOT net.

AL: Eating Place Scores and Maps!

April 17, 2008

If you’re hungry and in Alabama, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight before going out:

Food Establishment Scores – enables users to search for restaurants or other food establishments and retrieve their latest inspection score, as well as a map to the establishment. Search by establishment name, type, city, and/or county.

The map comes from Google Maps and can provide driving directions and either satellite or terrain views in addition to the regular road map view. A nice integration of web 2.0 resources into a government produced database.

The Alabama page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Valerie Glenn.

MO: Expert Witnesses

April 15, 2008

In the Don Henley song The Garden of Allah, a character says “I am an expert witness because I say I am!” If you live in Missouri and want to see people who are expert witnesses because the courts say they are, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Expert Witness Database – Search for expert witness testimony by last name of witness, appellate case number, or witness speciality. Transcripts of testimony can be mailed to prosecutors and others in law enforcement.

If you’re not a MO county prosecutor or in law enforcement, all you’ll get out of this database is Date, Case #, Case Name, Witness Name, Expertise and whether they were called by the defense of the prosecution as in:

Date Case # Case Name Witness Name Expertise Called by
Apr 26, 2005 SD27100 State v. Christopher Reese Jean Curtit Fingerprint Prosecution

But this might be helpful to people looking for expert witnesses if results like these are cross checked against other databases or search engines.

The Missouri page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Annie Moots.

IL: Do Donations Make the Contract?

April 13, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is an effort at government transparency:

Open Book – From the website, “a searchable database of state contracts and campaign contributions. This website combines information from the Comptroller’s accounting system with official semi-annual campaign finance disclosure reports filed by political committees with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The data is presented in a format that allows users to enter the name or partial name of an entity that conducts business with the State of Illinois and compare that entity’s State contracts with political contributions it made.”

Do companies that make large political contributions get the most business? You decide.

The Illinois page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States has not yet been adopted by a volunteer. If you would like to maintain this page, please send an e-mail to dnlcornwall AT alaska DOT net with your name and how you come about your knowledge of Illinois government information.

ID: Sex Offenders

April 11, 2008

Locate registered sex offenders in Idaho with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Central Sex Offender Registry – This registry is distinct and separate from the criminal history record system. An offender subject to the law must register annually with a sheriff who forwards a fingerprint card and photograph to BCI. The registry is automated and available to criminal justice agencies in Idaho via ILETS and limited information is available to the public through this site. It is searchable by last name, county, or zip code.

The Idaho page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Christine Gray.