David Stevens

State Rep. David Stevens [Courtesy Arizona State Legislature]

Courtesy Arizona State Legislature

State legislators will not be tightening up laws on access to public records, at least not this year.

On a 17-6 vote the Senate on Monday killed a measure which would have allowed a government agency to deny access if the request is “unduly burdensome or harassing.” That included having an overly broad request that cannot be narrowed or reduced.

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said she voted against HB 2414 because her constituents fear it would limit access to records. Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, who had initially proposed a different limit in HB 2414, one based on charging $20 for each hour spent gathering the records above a certain threshold, said he will not try to resurrect the measure this session.

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