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2012 House Bill 5879: Cap FOIA charges and increase government FOIA scofflaw penalties
  1. Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on September 11, 2012, to cap at 10-cents per copy charge imposed by a government entity for documents provided under a state Freedom of Information Act request, and require that they permit and not charge a fee for a FOIA requestor’s making copies with his or her own equipment during an on-site records inspection authorized by this law. Also, to reduce the amount charged by a government entity for FOIA-related administrative and copying costs by 20 percent for each day its response exceeds the five-day statutory deadline (plus specified extensions), and increase the punitive awards to a person who successfully challenges an improper FOIA denial from $500 to $5,000, plus actual or compensatory damages.
    • Referred to the House Oversight, Reform, and Ethics Committee on September 11, 2012.

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