I blogged a week or two ago about my request to the DNR and GLIFWC to allow a reporter at their technical committee meetings regarding Mille Lacs.
Both Ed Boggess of the DNR and Sue Erickson of GLIFWC gave me a friendly and curt “no, thank you.”
The attorney for the Minnesota Newspaper Association said the meetings would not be covered under the state Open Meeting Law.
However, he said that any data discussed or produced at the meetings would be public under the state Data Practices Act.
Today I sent an email to Mr. Boggess requesting, in the words of the state Data Practices Act, “any data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated” by the DNR related to the July 26 technical committee meeting between the DNR and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Here’s the state law that makes it clear such data is public:
13.03 ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA.
Subdivision 1.Public data.
All government data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by a government entity shall be public unless classified by statute, or temporary classification pursuant to section 13.06, or federal law, as nonpublic or protected nonpublic, or with respect to data on individuals, as private or confidential. The responsible authority in every government entity shall keep records containing government data in such an arrangement and condition as to make them easily accessible for convenient use. Photographic, photostatic, microphotographic, or microfilmed records shall be considered as accessible for convenient use regardless of the size of such records.
I always share public documents that come into my possession, so when I get it, anyone’s welcome to it for the cost of the copies if they’re willing to stop in and get it.