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A statewide survey by New Mexico newspapers found that public officials routinely violate state law by not releasing public records like budgets, public employees' salaries and reports of crimes and court cases.
Three of every 10 requests for access to records were unsuccessful in the newspapers' audit of 210 county, city, court and school offices in all 33 New Mexico counties. The freedom-of-information audit was sponsored by the New Mexico Press Association and The Associated Press, along with the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.
"When requests for public records are denied about a third or more of the time, it's obvious that some public officials …