- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are sending a case regarding document shredding at the state Center for Disease Control to the attorney general.

The Government and Oversight Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to refer the sworn testimony it heard to Janet Mills’ office.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1msww9u ) that the committee couldn’t agree on whether officials knew they were breaking the state’s Freedom of Access Act or if the documents were destroyed due to poor records-retention policies.

The committee’s inquiry came after former CDC official Sharon Leahy-Lind said she was harassed after refusing to destroy documents detailing a grants competition.

In March, Leahy-Lind told lawmakers she was ordered to destroy the documents after a newspaper filed an open-records request.

Other CDC officials said it wasn’t an attempt to deliberately violate the law.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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