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October 23, 2013

Our view: Public records laws need reform

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Kocot’s bill would allow those who sue for access to public records to seek attorney’s fees if they win their case, which could force those in charge of documents to take requests more seriously. That’s a good idea.

It’s easy to dismiss the dispute over access to public records as an argument between elected officials and the media. Public documents, however, are open to anyone, regardless of profession or politics. They are the bread and butter of government, and they need to be available to its citizenry.

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