Saturday, August 06, 2011

Public records law has new teeth

"South Dakota law now allows state and local entities to be fined $50 per day for deliberately stonewalling requests for public records.

Fifty dollars may not sound like much, but over time, the penalty can add up and serve as a meaningful deterrent.

Prior to enactment of the new law on July 1, there was no penalty when government refused access to public records.

South Dakota passed a comprehensive public records law in 2009, but it neglected to include sanctions for violations."

Read more
Location Oakland, Ca | San Francisco, Ca | California - Private Investigator