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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - It's going to the Governor: "Lawmakers reconsider hourly search fee, changes to public records"

Updating this ILB post from this morning, Lauryn Schroeder of the AP is now reporting:

An Indiana bill that would allow a fee for public records requests that take longer than two hours to fulfill will be sent to Gov. Mike Pence's desk.

Senate members Wednesday approved a measure that would allow government entities to charge as much as $20 an hour to search for records requests that take more than two hours. It would also allow entities making requesters to receive them electronically.

The provision was removed from an education bill earlier this session, but the House revived the language Tuesday.

Supporters say government agencies are bogged down by large requests. Critics argue the measure gives officials another tool to fight transparency.

The Hoosier State Press Association supports the measure, saying the benefit of getting records electronically outweighs the potential negatives of a fee.

ILB: Maybe, for large data requests by the press...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 29, 2015 05:22 PM
Posted to Indiana Government