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Published on Monday, March 2, 2015

Priority public records bill advances, other dies after fiscal cutoff

AWC priority public records bill, HB 1684, advanced to the House Rules Committee after the Legislature’s Friday fiscal cutoff. HB 1086 failed to advance out of the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 1684 establishes charges for providing electronic data under the Public Records Act. Currently cities may charge a small fee for providing paper copies in response to a public records requests, but there is no authority to charge for an equivalent cost for electronic transmissions. However, there are costs associated with producing electronic copies of records similar to those of making a paper copy. The bill passed out of Appropriations late Friday night on a party line vote. We believe that there is bi-partisan support for the bill but will have to work hard to see that the bill passes out of the House Rules Committee. Please contact your local Representatives as well as members of the House Rules Committee and urge them to support this proposal.

HB 1086 would have provided a cost recovery mechanism so that local governments would no longer subsidize commercial activity through public records.

We appreciate the Legislature advancing our priority bill and encourage you to continue to let your legislator know cities support HB 1684.

Categories: Open government