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Bill would impose new public records fee

Rep. David Stevens (file photo)

Rep. David Stevens (file photo)

The sponsor of an Arizona bill that would impose new fees for access to public records wants to let people know just why that’s necessary.

Republican Rep. David Stevens of Sierra Vista plans to try to do that in person Tuesday afternoon at the Arizona House of Representatives.

House Bill 2419 would allow public records custodians to charge $20 an hour for labor associated with retrieving public records.

State law currently allows custodians to charge only for the cost of printing public records. The new fee would apply after the first four hours of labor.

Media organizations oppose the fee as a restriction on information the public already owns. But the League of Arizona Cities and Towns says it’s needed to handle repeated requests from people who overwhelm public employees.

 

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One comment

  1. Raises the question: What are they trying to hide from the public and reporters?

    This is a terrible bill giving more power and control to those perpetuating a broken system. Hiding from the public is unacceptable.

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