By Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Las Cruces city councilors have decided against pursuing a change in state law that would have resulted in higher fees for public access to government records.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/2hS613v) the 5-2 vote came Tuesday during the council’s meeting.

City staffers were seeking permission to push the state Legislature for a change that would allow Las Cruces to charge - up to $100 per request - for time spent for fulfilling record requests under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

Officials say Las Cruces has seen a four-fold increase in requests for public records in just three years.

City Manager Stuart Ed says the city is taking steps to become more open-records friendly, such as posting more data online so fewer requests are needed.



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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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