Commonwealth accused of playing politics over pest control
A judge ordered the state to provide pest control services, including a website, to an animal rights group, in order to ensure the state didn’t lose its right to refuse to provide services, according to a court order unsealed Monday.
The ruling — in state court, meaning the judge did not require a hearing — follows a public records lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Citizens for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in March.
The suit said the state violated the terms of the public records act by withholding some information about how it will protect the state’s rights.
It also said the state failed to provide the group with the necessary records to decide if it needed to get a license to operate a pesticide facility, so that the state’s authority over the operation of pesticide testing would become limited.
The case has been in the appeals court process since July, and the court ordered the state to provide records and the public the opportunity to review documents.
The judge who issued the ruling has said he expected a hearing to be held about the public records law for the first time Monday, but he did not have the authority to act.
The attorney general’s office did not respond to calls and a message left for an attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
The judge ordered the state to respond within a month.
‘Tight financial ties’
While it is illegal to ask a citizen to sign or register an opinion, it is not illegal for anyone who holds a valid state license to refuse a license application.
The Citizens for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which filed its lawsuit in November, said it received multiple complaints from residents who wanted the state to pay for pest control services.
The group asked a court on Thursday to order the state to provide service, including an online site that it said offers an easy way to report a pesticide-related crime.
The suit also noted the county has tight financial ties with the group.
The state has told the group it could not have the property tax abatement money until it can get services from a state company.
Citizens for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals President Michael DeWine said it appears the state’s attempt to hold the group in contempt of court 바카라was aimed at holding the group responsible for crimes that didn’t happen.
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