- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A measure being considered by Arizona lawmakers would limit public access to government records about crime.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1mgiVW3 ) that records are currently considered public unless specifically excluded under state law. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office lobbyist Rebecca Baker says the legislation would put the burden on the person requesting the documents to prove they should be public.

Baker says the bill would also prevent the release of things like crime scene photos and certain forensic evidence.

Gilbert Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth says he introduced the bill at the request of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Public records expert attorney Dan Barr says he’s unaware of any abuse of the access to crime-related records. He believes the legislation would have a chilling effect on the public’s access to information.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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