Maine rail cargo secrecy law bypassed public access, safety defenses
Sig Schutz is quoted in this article on the bill An Act Regarding the Confidentiality of Railroad Carrier Cargo. The bill does not require railroads to share information with first responders. Mainers are upset at the new law blocking the public's right to know about state railways.
'Without some information about what railroads are actually doing, how can the public judge whether regulations are protective of human health and the environment?' Sigmund Schutz, a First Amendment attorney from Portland, said. 'Ultimately, this type of thing undermines people’s confidence in government.'