Archives needs months to review Richardson records

KRWG News – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) The State Records Center and Archives says it needs several months before it can comply with a request to inspect certain records of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

Records Center Director Sandra Jaramillo said Monday the agency may need an additional 120 days to respond to a request by The Associated Press under the Inspection of Public Records Act.

Jaramillo said in an e-mail that Richardson's archived records include 800 cubic feet of paper documents and nearly 772,000 electronic files. She said a hiring freeze and large number of vacant positions prevented the agency from reviewing the governor's materials within a 15-day period for complying with most records requests. The law allows agencies to take more time if a records request is deemed to be excessively burdensome.

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