Maine Right To Know Advisory Committee
The Maine Right To Know Advisory Committee was established by the Maine Freedom of Access Act in order to better assist the state in developing public records policy and training as well as settling disputes concerning questions of law.
The committee is responsible for developing policy in order to help clarify and streamline questions about records requests and serve as a resource in order to better develop records training for all state and local departments. It is also responsible for disseminating information to the public about their right to access information. The act also requires the committee to develop and maintain a website to aid in providing information to the public. The committee is also required to make recommendations to the legislature in order to improve statutory language, elaborate on exemptions and develop a more open policy for records inspection. Finally, by January 15 of every year, the committee is required to submit a report to the governor, the legislature and the judiciary concerning records requests and recommendations for records laws for the following year. To read the latest report, please see: 2010 Committee Report.
Members of the committee serve terms of three years or until their replacements are appointed. Members of the legislature serve on the committee for their full term as legislatures. The committee is composed of the following members:
- a senator, appointed by the president of the senate
- one member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house
- a representative of state municipal interests, appointed by the governor
- a representative of county interests, appointed by the president of the senate
- a representative of school interests, appointed by the governor
- a representative of law enforcement personnel, appointed by the president of the senate
- a representative of state government, appointed by the governor
- "One representative of a statewide coalition of advocates of freedom of access, appointed by the Speaker of the House"
- a representative of the press, appointed by the speaker of the house
- a representative of newspaper publishers, appointed by the speaker of the house
- two representatives of broadcast news interests, appointed by both the speaker of the house and the president of the senate
- two representatives of the public, appointed by both the speaker of the house and the president of the senate
- the Attorney General
The committee may also invite the Supreme Court to send a representative of the judiciary. The committee is also to select a chair from among its members.
Current members and contact info
For a list of members and contact information, please see the official website.
The committee is required to meet at least four times a year. A meeting can be called by any four members of the committee or the chair of the committee.
- Official Right to Know Advisory Committee web page
- Committee Sponsored Freedom of Access Act website