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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

HB 3031: An act allowing government agencies to charge fees for large requests

From the House Republican press release:

"Under HB 3031, a public agency would be allowed to charge a fee, in advance, if complying with a request for documents would take more than five hours of employee time to produce within a month. The measure would give agencies discretion in deciding when a fee would be appropriate."

What a horrible bill. Government already consumes about 40% of the economy of the United States; do people who collectively pay 40% of everything they work for really need to pay an additional fee to get public records that already belong to them?