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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.

Comments

Re: 2012 House Bill 5879 (Cap FOIA charges and increase government FOIA scofflaw penalties )  by inform4 on September 18, 2012 
I especially love the following aspect of this bill - "and increase the punitive award to a person who successfully challenges an improper FOIA denial from $500 to $5,000, plus actual or compensatory damages" which further protects the taxpayers best interest against government abuses of the taxpayers right to know.

2012 House Bill 5879 (Cap FOIA charges and increase government FOIA scofflaw penalties )  by admin on September 18, 2012 
Introduced in the House on September 11, 2012

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