Public records requests in Maine on an uptick

Maine people are interested in what their governments are up to.

That's the upshot of a new report issued by the state's ombudsman for opening meetings and public records.

In 2015, there were 416 inquiries about public meetings and public records handled by Brenda Kielty, a lawyer with the Maine Attorney General's Office.

She is the state's first official Freedom of Access Act ombudsman. Kielty, who issued a report to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, said that was a 37 percent increase from the 303 inquiries she handled in 2013. Continue…