Telluride Watch reports on a request for five years worth of emails from a county commissioner. Under Colorado law, people who ask for copies of public documents are allowed to ask for a waiver of the costs associated with fulfilling the request. The county’s attorney, Steve Zwick, has denied that request. Generally, when a state’s open records law has a fee-waiver provision, the intent of the provision is to distinguish between open records requests that benefit a private party versus those that benefit the public good–which is often hard to define.
An Alabama blogger points out that Alabama might have a good open records law, but requestors still aren’t getting the public documents they’re asking for.