Richardson sees spike in open records requests

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - With open records requests increasing in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, the city secretary's staff must hire a third staff member.
City Secretary Pamela Schmidt tells The Dallas Morning News that she and her assistant spend much of their time fulfilling the requests that have risen from 257 in 2008 to more than 300 in 2009.
Schmidt, president of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, says that there is no pattern across the state or region of increasing numbers of requests. But she says some cities are experiencing similar increases.
She attributes the increase in part to the public being more aware that they can get information from the government. Also, it's easier now to file requests via the Internet.

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