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Is government making it easier to access public records?

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Public records are documents that are not considered by the government as confidential, private information.

Have you ever wished to locate a certain public record in your state? Well, the chances are that the endeavor must have been a very difficult one because just like other governmental bureaucracies and red tape it requires a lot of time, paperwork and even legwork. With central bodies finally adapting to the times, it has become easier.

After years of solely depending on paperwork and relying on outdated systems and software, department at the federal, state and municipal/county levels have invested in new technology that can make the process simpler. Rather than waiting in long lineups, it requires a simple click of the mouse.

Locating or submitting public records in Arizona, for instance, can be instantaneous with Com Find. For instance, you can garner access to birth certificates, foreign birth certificates and death certificate applications. Meanwhile, you can also read about the latest news in your respective state and/or city in regards to limiting or removing access to public records and the latest proposals related to the matter.

The city of Yuma had held a meeting in 2011 to discuss public records in order to address the “abusive” access to them. “A number of communities around the state are having significant issues with abusive public records requests,” City Administrator Greg Wilkinson told the Yuma Sun. “We are encouraging (the delegation) to put some reasonable limitations on public records requests that are overly broad or abusive.”

Public records might not be considered the most contentious issues facing the United States today, but it still remains an important one, especially when it comes to government accountability and transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. It may be a good thing for states to have websites that report on public records and provide details about them.



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