As we know, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat McCrory promised repeatedly that he would ensure government transparency and then (SURPRISE!) broke his promises.
Lately his administration has been charging exorbitant fees to fulfill public records requests, and Attorney General Roy Cooper advised Pay to Play Pat that that's not consistent with the law.
The attorney general called on the McCrory administration to reconsider the “special service charge” that some agencies impose on requests that take more than 30 minutes to find, review and copy records. ... At least one agency charges $51.47 an hour.
What happened next? Take a guess:
A. Pat realized the error of his ways and told everyone in his administration to stop charging fees to produce records that the public already owns.
B. Pat not only did (A), he also refunded all of the previous fees he had charged.
C. Pat got his lawyer to tell Roy Cooper to stuff it.
If you chose (C), you know your North Carolina government!
[Bob Stephens, the governor’s general counsel] disagreed that the policy violates the spirit or intent of the law.
Stephens said it’s only fair that taxpayers not absorb the costs of extensive records requests. He says Florida, for example, imposes a special service charge for requests taking more than 15 minutes.
Oh, well, if Florida does it, it must be OK.