Arizona bills would limit access to public records

The Arizona Legislature is considering a pair of bills that would limit public access to government records and make it more difficult for individuals to recoup legal costs in battles with the government over those records.

Supporters said the intent is to protect crime victims and witnesses and to prevent individuals from using records requests to harass local governments.

Opponents argued the legislation goes far beyond that, and will severely limit the public's access to nearly all government records. Continue…