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Arizona government lacks transparency, report finds

Posted: 11:33 AM, Dec 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-01 13:33:44-05
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to release state budget proposal

PHOENIX (AP) - The administration of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has developed a pattern of delaying or withholding public records requests.

The Arizona Republic found that the Republican governor's administration takes months or even years to release documents requested under the state's public records law- if they exist at all.

Dan Barr, an attorney specializing in First Amendment issues, said the government should be communicating policy and decisions in writing and that not doing so "strains credulity."

But the governor's office says it always follows the law and that it doesn't document every decision in writing.