Calif. leaders keeping data from the people

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with stethoscopeA complaint has been filed in California over officials' refusal to provide data on coronavirus and how it justifies the state's restrictions.

Mark Trammell, executive director and general counsel at the Center for American Liberty, explains that his organization asked for the public records and the scientific data that Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and the Health and Human Services agency have been using to justify the ongoing shut-downs of churches and small businesses.

"We simply said, 'Show us the data; show us the research that you're relying on,' and since May, we've largely been shut out," Trammell reports.

He can think of many reasons for why the Center for American Liberty may have been shut out.

"Rather than pontificate, I think we can just look at the facts here," he says. "In August, the agency got back to us and said, 'While there are documents that are responsive to your request, there is data responsive to what you're asking for, our interest in keeping it disclosed outweighs your interest in seeing it,' [and] they cited this deliberative process exception to the state's Public Records Act."

Trammell

Trammell calls that "outrageous."

"I just think it shows a tremendous amount of hubris to think that these public officials, because of their status of being public officials, are able to comprehend data that we are not," says Trammell. "It's unfortunate, but that's what we're working on here in California."

The complaint, filed in Superior Court in Sacramento, shows the Center's intention to litigate the matter.

"These are records that the public has a right to know, and we intend to go before a judge and ask for the court to compel the agency to release these records," Trammell says.

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