~ oregon court cuts record access fees ~

An animal rights advocacy group requested documents under the public records law and got hit with a $12,000 bill.

In its first-ever ruling on how public agencies must determine how much to charge watchdog groups for copies of public records, the Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday came out in favor of more access and lower costs.

All well and good but apparently the agency manually removed its employees’ names, justifying the high cost. Is document scanning and keyword searching that futuristic?

“Animal activism nationwide has taken a very radical twist. The ruling recognizes our employees’ safety is an important factor.”

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