Arizona legislature seeks to remove code enforcement officers from public records

The Arizona Senate has approved legislation that will add code enforement officers to the list of government employees whose names can be removed from the public records. The summary of HB 2220 lists the covered classifications.

Authorizes code enforcement officers to submit an affidavit to the county recorder, county assessor, county treasurer and the Motor Vehicle Division requesting the restriction of public access to personal identifying information.

The Arizona Republic article notes that there has not been unanimous support, that the House initially defeated the bill. Sen. Chuck Gray opposed the legislation as a move toward creating “a secret government.”

House Bill 2220 was previously approved by the House but now returns to that chamber for consideration of changes made by the Senate. The Senate initially voted 15-14 against the bill on May 1.

… offices will restrict access to records with enforcement officers’ home addresses, telephone numbers and photographs.

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