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Published on Monday, February 23, 2015

Post cutoff public records roundup

As reported in previous Bulletin articles, AWC is tracking several public records bills this session. Friday, February 20 marked the first cutoff for all policy bills. If a bill failed to move out of its house of origin policy committee Friday it is now considered “dead.” Here’s what happened with the public records bills AWC is tracking this session.

HB 1086, establishing a cost recovery mechanism for commercially driven public records requests, was amended and executive action was taken in the House State Government Committee on February 17. It was referred to the Appropriations Committee. Amendments include exempting requests from persons for the purpose of evaluating property, clarifying language regarding the purposes for which cost recovery is assessed and including a definition of “commercial purpose.”

HB 1431/SB 5395, modifying exemptions relating to real estate appraisals. HB 1431 saw executive action taken in the House State Government Committee on February 5. It was referred to the Rules Committee. SB 5395 was passed out of the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee on February 10 and passed to the Rules Committee.

HB 1554/SB 5396, exempts information of guardians or family members of children enrolled in certain programs, including parks and recreation programs. On February 19 executive action was taken on HB 1554 in the State Government Committee on February 10, and on SB 5396 in the Senate Government Operations & Security Committee. SB 5396 was sent to the Rules Committee.

HB 1684 & SB 5533, concerns charges for electronic data under the public records act.  HB 1684 was amended in the State Government Committee on February 19. Amendments include:

  • Stipulating that agencies may not charge more than $50 for the first installment, regardless of the size of the electronic transmission, and may not charge in excess of $100 for subsequent installments of electronic transmissions; and
  • Establishes a $0.10 per minute charge for video transmissions after the first five minutes.

Executive action was taken on HB 1684 on February 19.

SB 5533 is considered dead for the session since it was never heard in Committee.

HB 1189, concerns hours of availability for inspection and copying public records. HB 1189 was passed out of the House Local Government Committee on January 28 and has been placed on the 2nd reading calendar by the Rules Committee.

HB 1691 which would have redirected public records penalties to the State Archives failed to advance out of Committee and is considered dead.

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