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Fasano criticizes PSC for removing access to public records requests



Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, sent a letter to Public Service Commissioner Art Graham Friday asking why the PSC removed a link from its web site that listed all public records requests sought by members of the public.

The PSC web site may be difficult to navigate and challenging for the average ratepayer to figure out, but it is known for being chock full of valuable information. In fact, it was one of the few agencies that had the tenacity to let others know the status of its response time to public records request. No more. As Fasano notes, they've removed that feature, now forcing the public to request a public record to determine how promptly the agency replies to public records.

"Given the systemic problems over the past few years regarding the demonstrated lack of access to public records, the wrongful denial and unacceptable delays in providing such public records, and the questionable conduct of some who have served on the commission, this is not the time to remove the general public’s access to commission records,'' wrote Fasano. Download Grahamart.ltr[1]

[Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 1:50pm]


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