PREFILED DEC 21 2016
REFERENCE TITLE: public records; unduly burdensome requests
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
amending section 39-121.02, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to public records.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 39-121.02, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
39-121.02. Action on denial of access; costs and attorney fees; damages; affirmative defense
A. Any person who has requested to examine or copy public records pursuant to this article, by identifying the records with reasonable particularity and who has been denied access to or the right to copy such records, may appeal the denial through a special action in the superior court, pursuant to the rules of procedure for special actions against the officer or public body.
B. The court may award attorney fees and other legal costs that are reasonably incurred in any action under this article if the person seeking public records has substantially prevailed. Nothing in This subsection shall does not limit the rights of any party to recover attorney fees, expenses and double damages pursuant to section 12‑349.
C. Any person who is wrongfully denied access to public records pursuant to this article has a cause of action against the officer or public body for any damages resulting from the denial.
D. It is a defense to any action under this article that the request for access to public records is unduly burdensome or harassing.