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Libertarians Call for Public Access Laws

June 4, 2004

IN an effort to bring more transparencyto the government, the LibertarianMovement Party has proposed a law tofacilitate public access to what theConstitution defines as public information.The party accuses public employeesof abuse and inefficiency in providinginformation to the public.Article 30 of the Constitution says,“Free access to administrative departmentsfor purposes of information onmatters of public interest is guaranteed.State secrets are excluded from this provision.”The bill says the public has access topublic entities, municipalities, public businessesor private businesses with concessionsor permission to provide public services,and other regulated organizations.The bill proposes that entities of thestate should have no more than 10 days torespond to public requests for information.If the response is not provided withinthis period, citizens can file an injunctionwith the Constitutional Chamber ofthe Supreme Court (Sala IV).

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