Thursday, October 7, 2010

Judge declares MLPAI is public, not private

By FRANK HARTZELL Staff Writer -The Mendocino Beacon.

"In a victory for advocates of transparent government, a Sacramento judge ruled last Friday that Marine Life Protection Act Initiative bodies are state agencies that cannot deny lawful requests for public records.


"The Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) and the Science Advisory Team (SAT) do not appear to be private' entities, or bodies that are independent from state government in any real sense. Indeed, they are creations of law and of the actions of state agencies," Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette ruled.

Marlette ordered the two MLPAI boards to release requested records within 10 days to plaintiff Robert C. Fletcher, a sport fishing activist from San Diego. The lawsuit was paid for by sportfishing organizations.In a victory for advocates of transparent government, a Sacramento judge ruled last Friday that Marine Life Protection Act Initiative bodies are state agencies that cannot deny lawful requests for public records".


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