Constituent pressure forces Shooter to dump bill to limit access to public records

Sen. Don Shooter
Sen. Don Shooter

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star

Legislation designed to let public agencies deny “unduly burdensome” requests for records has hit a snag that could kill it.

Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, said Friday he has shelved SB 1339 amid opposition from constituents. He said they believe it will unfairly restrict their access to government documents.

Shooter said he believes they may not understand the protections that remain in the measure. And he pointed out the language, approved just this past week by the state Senate, has gained the support of attorneys for the media who carefully watch for anything they believe unduly restricts public access.

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