Saturday, May 7, 2011

Another way to solve public records disputes

One flaw in California’s Public Records Act is that if a government agency turns down your request for documents, you have two choices — give up or sue. And suing is costly. Sydney Lupkin of The Bay Citizen says Florida has a better way of dealing with denied records requests — the Sunshine state (pun intended) has an official public records mediator, an independent third party, who settles such disputes without the expense of going to court.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If city governments are willing to lie to people, and tell them that records don't exist when they actually do, they'll also lie to this mediator. For this to work, the mediator has to have the power to physically obtain the documents in question, and then make a decision, and not rely on the promises of local government officials.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good idea. It will never happen in California, though.