Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Open government supporters push for public records update

The current fee structure is based on the number and type of copies requested, the salary grade of the employee handling the information request and time it takes to search for the requested information. The bill would require that noncommercial information requests be filled by the person with the lowest salary grade available. The information act also provides two hours of information searching at no charge. The bill would increase that time to five hours.
The fees would only apply to the "actual cost of production" of the information, Bevan-Dangel said.
The bill also outlines monetary penalties for state agencies that deny information and also shifts the burden of proof for a denial to the agency, Bevan-Dangel said, "to show the public good is truly being outweighed by the personal harm they're using to justify not sharing the information."

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