Public agencies would have more time to respond to requests for public records under legislation proposed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
The bill would extend the time period for responding from 15 to 20 days and would broaden the types of records and documents that the government may withhold from the public, according to the Associated Press. The bill would also allow the agencies to put the 20-day deadline on hold while they seek additional clarification about what information the requester is seeking.
The bill is intended to reduce "abuse" by some public records requesters, Attorney General Irvin Nathan tells AP. Thomas Susman, the president of the D.C. Open Government Coalition, calls the mayor's proposal "shameful" and a step backward.