Editorial: Fees are shutting down access to open records in Colorado

The Denver Post: After Denver Post reporter David Migoya exposed a scandal at the Colorado Justice Department in a series of articles last month, a $2.5 million contract was canceled, high-level employees resigned and Migoya filed two routine requests for public documents to continue his investigation. To the Justice Department’s credit, officials didn’t deny those requests, but they might as well have because The Post was told fulfilling one request would cost $1,839.60 plus copying fees and the other $225 plus copying fees.

Public records in Colorado are no longer free — the default position of most state, local and judicial departments has become charge the maximum amount allowed, estimate it’ll take your employees days of work and then wait to see what happens.

The high costs being charged for records have created a system where only the rich have unfettered access to public records. It’s interfering with every Coloradan’s right to know.

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