Lawmakers want to deny public records requests if ‘too burdensome’ _ the daily courier _ prescott, az

Kavanagh acknowledged that his legislation provides no definition for either term. Rural bank internet banking But the senator said that does not make it a flawed measure.

“Just like when the personal privacy trumps the public’s right to know is vague,’’ he said.

Rural bank functions “But we live with that and we allow judges to make that determination.’’

But he said it’s a matter of common sense saying some people “take pleasure out of making the government do all this work and then not even showing up to look at it.’’

Steven Moore, the Yuma city attorney, said last year there are two individuals who make 70 percent of all the public records request. Functions of regional rural bank One, Moore said, made 46 requests in 44 business days, even requesting copies of all his prior requests.

And Rep. Regional rural bank salary David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, made his own stab at fixing the law after saying local officials were getting requests that take up to five days to research and fill, with some agencies having to hire additional staffers to comply.

“Everyone agrees in the extreme instance where you have some gadfly repeatedly making vague and large public records requests — and in some cases not even picking up the records — at that point the public body can say ‘We shouldn’t have to comply with these requests anymore,’ ‘’ he said.

But Barr said he reads existing law to already allow public agencies to get a court order for such “extreme instances.’’ He fears that the proposed language could be abused.

“It gives the public body a way to deny the request if they don’t want to comply with the request from a reporter or a criminal defense attorney or a private investigator because they feel it’s harassing them,’’ Barr said. What is a rural bank He said that provides cover even for a governor who may believe that a series of public records requests based on a claim that a reporter “is always harassing us.’’

And once a public official raises the excuse of burdensome or harassing, it puts the burden on the person requesting the records to hire an attorney and go to court to get the documents.

“I would certainly not want to make harassing some policy position to be grounds for denial,’’ he said. Regional rural bank vacancies “In fact, if it’s a controversial policy (at the heart of the request), all the more reason to have public inspection.’’

Kavanagh shepherded legislation with the exact same language out of the Senate last year on a 22-7 vote but ran into opposition in the House where members voted 40-19 to kill the measure amid concerns it could be abused.