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Va. Switch to Electronic Records Could Limit Access

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)- Accessing state financial disclosure forms could be cost-prohibitive for the public since Virginia switched to electronic filing for the records.

The state Conflict of Interest Office has only one employee, director Patrick Mayfield. It's his task to download the forms from a state server and then print them individually.

Mayfield said that handling a request to view a few individual forms isn't a problem. But a request for agency-wide data involves time and money.

The newspaper says it cost nothing to review paper disclosure records from 2008 to 2011 for 525 Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Employees. But it would have cost $1,200 to access the same electronic documents for 2012.

Charlottesville Del. David J. Toscano says any obstacle to public access is unwelcome.

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