It's time for a vote on public records reform
This issue is too important to ignore. It gets to the heart of government integrity and responsiveness to the concerns of its citizens.
I know lawmakers have heard vocal pushback from opponents of reform who either don’t want to follow the law or, at the very least, do not want a real enforcement mechanism. That’s not ok.
It’s time to guarantee that the public’s right to government information is more than mere words on paper. We need to bring our law in line with 47 other states and the federal FOIA statute. When a person is unlawfully denied access, then forced to spend time and money to go to court, and the lawsuit leads to the information being turned over, courts must be allowed to award attorneys’ fees. It’s a basic enforcement mechanism that promotes compliance.
Please urge leadership to pass a strong bill without delay.