Thursday, March 5, 2009

E-mail records request bill passes House

The House has signed off on Rep. Joe Cervantes' bill that would recognize as email as an official written request under the state's Inspection of Public Records Act.

If you haven't been following this issue, what I just said seems obvious: that an e-mail is a written request. Yet, I've had fights with one state agency in particular that would not accept an e-mail as a written request for public documents. Being that an e-mail is of course, in writing, I never understood the argument. But I know other reporters as well have had this problem, which the bill fixes. It was approved unanimously and goes to the Senate.

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