THUMBS UP! OPEN GOVERNMENT VICTORY. The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled last week that citizens do indeed have a right to access public records being kept by an independent contractor on behalf of local or state governmental entities. The court issued the decision in a case involving the city of Truth or Consequences and a nonprofit corporation that operated a public access cable channel for the community.
The ruling further protects the public’s right to know in this age in which privatization of public services is becoming increasingly common.
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