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And if You Thought BOLI Was Bad...

Delay, Delay, Delay. 100 days and counting after spending $4,000!

DAS's Matt Shelby responded immediately and he passed our public records

requests to each public body. I was contacted by those agencies and over time was given costs estimates for all requests, amounting to nearly $4,000, which we paid (except $510 which was just billed to us last Friday by Legislative Counsel's office who represents Speaker Kotek)

100 days after our original request OCWF has still not received our public records requests from the Governor or the Speaker (though Legislative Counsel emailed saying they had the DVD ready to snail mail to me). Both BOLI and the Governor's office refused to begin processing our requests until they had received money from OCWF (we paid all on 9/1/16 as soon as we got the invoices) and the Governor's office has not yet produced the information. The Speakers office through Legislative Counsel said they would not charge us until they completed our requests.

During that time period, I received multiple emails from both organizations delaying several times their original completion date estimates. No real reasons were given to us for these delays and it seems to us that they have been slow walking fulfilling our already paid for requests.

Oregon law gives agencies and public bodies broad latitude on the timeline to fulfill our request and the right to charge whatever their costs are to fulfill records. That said, one has to wonder why it takes so long for the government to fulfill it's obligation after being paid for the information.

Government imposes monetary fines on us citizens on a per day basis in certain circumstances, yet they can take their time in fulfilling their legal obligation to us (even after being paid) with no monetary consequences to them.

Perhaps it's time for a citizens initiative to create a law that creates monetary consequences when they delay, delay, delay their legal obligations to the citizens.

Just a thought...

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