Sacramento -- In case you missed it, in light of today's Associated Press article headlined It's a secret: California keeps key virus data from public, The Center for American Liberty (@Liberty_Ctr) in conjunction with the Law Offices of Craig P. Alexander filed a lawsuit on Nov. 16 against the California Health and Human Services Agency seeking to enforce its right to obtain public records regarding the science and data used to justify the state's shelter-in-place, face covering, and canceling of mass gathering orders.
The Center for American Liberty submitted public record requests on May 28, 2020 from the CHHS, which were not adequately responded to. The requests sought the "science" and "data" from Oct. 1, 2019 to May 28, 2020.
"It is unacceptable that the Governor Newsom has openly disregarded essential transparency laws, depriving legal insights to its decision making, that have had devastating consequences to millions of Californians," said Center for American Liberty Executive Director, Mark Trammell (@mark_trammell). "If Governor Newsom and CHHS is confident in its science and data, they should enthusiastically share it with its constituents and press, rather than breaking the law to keep it secret."
California law requires CHHS to respond within 10 days of submission. CAL submitted its original request on May 28, 2020, then sent a reminder on July 23, 2020, then again on Aug. 8, 2020. As of the date of filing the complaint, CAL has not received any response.
About the Center for American Liberty
The Center for American Liberty is a non-profit litigation, education, and public policy organization dedicated to advancing Free Speech rights and Civil Liberties. Founded by Harmeet K. Dhillon in 2019, the Center for American Liberty offers pro-bono and low-bono legal representation to Americans whose fundamental freedoms are violated.