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Colorado poised to expand open records access

From CBS Denver:

Public-records access in Colorado is close to getting an expansion – but state lawmakers are resisting efforts to make it cheaper to get public records.

A measure that cleared the state Senate on an unrecorded voice vote Monday would make it easier to acquire public records without visiting agencies in person to review them. The bill also bans fees for records that are shared electronically.

The bill is a response to complaints that some government agencies unfairly enforce a provision in current records law that can require in-person visits before public records are shared. Some government watchdogs complain that provision is used to block records without a cross-state – or in some cases cross-country – trip to pick them up.