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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Law - "Industry Groups Insist on Charging You $1,195 to Read a Public Law"

This will be a familiar topic to many ILB readers - you may recall a number of posts on the Indiana building and fire codes, for example, being available not in the Indiana Administrative Rules, and not online, but only by purchase from private vendors.

David Halperin wrote May 18th in the Huffington Post about the same issue on the federal level. Here is how the article (which also includes video) begins:

Today, private organizations charge U.S. citizens hundreds of dollars simply to read a copy of standards they issue, standards that regulate things like gas pipeline safety, crane usage, and toy manufacturing -- even though citizens are required to obey those standards, because the federal government has incorporated them into regulations. This adds up to tens of millions of dollars annually that businesses, consumers, even government officials must pay to receive copies of our own laws. It's a ridiculous situation, and at last there's a public fight over it. This week that fight heated up.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 22, 2012 01:01 PM
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