Wind Wise Backs Open Records
In the experience of Wind Wise – Massachusetts, trying to get some response to a request for public records is met with delays, blacked-out text, or demands for ransom ($18,000 demanded for activities of the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection). That’s why organization President Louise Grabowski urges the Senate to pass “An Act to Improve Access to Public Records” (S.1676).
This bill could expedite request responses by sending records in electronic form if they already exist in electronic form, limit the use of redaction to “exempt” matters in the existing law, and lower fees for public records to nominal levels.
Here is the Wind Wise statement: Publicrecordsbill_Senate.
Peru’s Garnet Hill feasibility study is one location where the data in a table has been redacted.