Kavanagh Bill Would Make It Tougher For Public To Learn The Truth

Arizona State Senator John Kavanagh is up to his old tricks again and the legislative session hasn’t even begun. Kavanagh, whose disregard for the public and free press is a thing of legend, is proposing a bill to make it even harder to get public records.

Kavanagh’s SB1019 would allow public officials to refuse providing access to public records if the request for access to public records is “unduly burdensome or harassing.”

Given the fact that well-paid and under worked legislative staff has complained bitterly about fulfilling even the smallest requests, it is no surprise that Kavanagh has dusted off this bill and offered it again.

Given the fact that over the past few years it has become increasingly difficult to obtain public records in a timely manner, if at all, Kavanagh’s bill would ensure that the public will be denied vital information to which they are entitled.

The bill would likely increase the cost of doing business by forcing news sites to sue for access denied due to a claim that a request is “unduly burdensome or harassing.”

Government staffers complain about gathering documents rather than learn about the technology they generally have at their disposal to make the process as painless as possible.

Because of Kavanagh’s penchant for protecting crony practices and propping up corrupt politicians while attacking civil liberties, he is considered one of the worst legislators in Arizona by politicos on both sides of the aisle.

7 Comments

  1. Time to March to the State Legislature and take it back from the idiots that where elected. They work for us not the other way around. Bring your guns – remember they passed a bill last year that allow them to carry in chambers but not us. What the hell! Are we going to allow this?

  2. Government bureaucrats have no right to withhold information the public paid for. Political activists in unelected government positions cannot be allowed to decide what information the public has access to. If they are allowed to exercise such abuse of authority it would create a very strong incentive for cyber hacking. The rule of law must be honored and practiced in government from the top down or it will foment civil unrest and rebellion.

  3. FACT: There are truly sick people. Mentally ill people. We’ve seen evidence of that now that Trump has become President. It has brought out the worst of society who are upset with the election results. Many are nothing but ticking time bombs ready to explode, much like Jerrod Laughner. These very sick people have so much free times on their hands they spend hours, days, weeks, creating nonsensical requests for information from our government agencies, wasting time and resources. That equates to money lost…OUR MONEY! Don’t be misled into thinking John Kavanagh wants to silence Americans. He wants to stop the madness created by the loony left, the same left that has spent decades disrupting a civil society by filing tons of frivolous lawsuits, overwhelming our legal system.

    • Stan, Right or wrong, we the people need access to those we have elected and our right to secure that information shouldn’t be taken away or made more difficult. “IF” your point is correct wouldn’t it be a wiser approach to limit bogus suits files by a few Vs. limiting accessing information for all?

      TOoT

  4. ADI, you might want to include the District he is from. So we can put the blame squarely on the voters that put him in office.

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