~ fees for public records ~

Do government agencies charge the public too much for copies of public records? Surely, the one dollar per page cost many California agencies levy exceeds the “direct costs of duplication, or a statutory fee” [California GC 6253(b)]. The Kentucky Attorney General issued an opinion that his state was overcharging for copies.

“We find no support in existing legal authority for the fifty cents per page copying fee that the city currently imposes and that policy constitutes a subversion of the intent of the Open Records Act,” Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver wrote in the opinion. Read the article

Can the robust California economy elevate the actual costs of photocopies that much more?


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