Promised deadline for PATI looms
Public access to information (PATI) law has a matter of weeks to become operational, according to Governments promise to have in place by the years end.
However, former Premier Alex Scott, who first pledged to bring in PATI procedure back in 2003, advised that putting the information up in computer-accessible form could be presenting a challenge.
Im guessing they are doing it digitally, Mr Scott told The Royal Gazette, adding: I dont know what may have overtaken the process in my absence.
Addressing the House of Assembly in March, Premier Paula Cox reiterated a 2011 promise to have the legislation — which was passed by Parliament in 2010 — up and running by the close of 2012.
I knew it was going to take time, but I had hoped that it would be up and running, Mr Scott said.
I look to the day when its operational. It will be an important benchmark, just as the letters in its name indicate — public access is fundamental.
My view was, and Governments view is, that Government is the keeper of records and archives in the public interest. This will put the information in the hands of those for whom it is intended.
With legislative hurdles out of the way, Mr Scott speculated that the remaining task is the clerical exercise of preparing the information.
Four hurt in accident on South Road
Taxpayers on the hook in airport dispute
BFA never asked us to move game – Hiscox
The Queena of tarts
Artist helps bring back memories
Community groups to examine Belco increase
Bermuda students in US crash
Shooting victim ‘fabulous and hard-working’
Lots of Pots up for sale
Electricity rates to rise
Creative schoolgirls take to the skies
Transport hub and floating docks to come
Airport will be island ‘blot’
Just 365 days until sailing spectacle
Take Our Poll