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Stonewalled: Legislature redacts, delays and denies access to messages

Stonewalled: Legislature redacts, delays and denies access to messages

Four months ago, the Arizona Capitol Times set out to learn how much of the state’s business is being conducted on smartphones, via newer technologies like text messages, social media chats and third-party messenger applications. But getting access to those messages, which most experts and public officials agree are covered under the state public records laws, can be extremely difficult.

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The end of transparency? Corp commissioner Burns considering further restrictions to public records

The end of transparency? Corp commissioner Burns considering further restrictions to public records

After three months of fighting with the Washington DC-based Checks and Balances Project over records of an Arizona Corporation Commission member’s text messages, emails and call logs, a fellow commissioner was fed up. "When does too much become too much?” Commissioner Bob Burns wrote in an email to Jodi Jerich, executive director of the Corporation Commission.

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