by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senators heard testimony this morning on a measure that would shorten the timeframe for complying with the Freedom of Information Act requests. Bill 215 cuts the timeframe from four working days to two working days if the records requested are disclosable public records in the possession of the agency, and may be in unusual circumstances now be extended up to eight days rather than the current ten days.
Dave Davis shared his support of the measure and that penalties be included, as he explained that Government of Guam agencies have been ignoring his requests in the past.
Meanwhile, GovGuam employee Joe Garrido expressed his disagreement with the shortened timelines, as he says it sometimes takes up to a month to provide certain information.