March 20, 2023

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Colorado proposal would cut public records costs for media

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By Jesse Bedayn, The Associated Press/Report for America

In the summer of 2021, reporter Jesse Paul wanted to peek behind the curtain of Colorado’s state prisons, submitting a request for a swath of documents regarding inmate deaths, injuries and staff violations — public records made available to ensure government transparency.

But then the bill arrived, and Paul, a reporter at The Colorado Sun, shot off a cheeky email to his editors: “You guys cool if I drop $245,000 on this?”

In a concession many journalists know well, Paul gutted his admittedly large request, leaving most of those government documents shrouded from the public’s sight. Those types of financial barriers are partly why Colorado state lawmakers are considering legislation that would…

The Associated Press

2023-03-18 09:04:43

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