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Bill #:  1684

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Electronic public records requests

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

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Summary/AWC comments

In recognition of the trend towards requestors asking for records electronically in lieu of paper copies, HB 1684, sponsored by Rep. Takko (D-Longview), allows agencies to charge a reasonable fee for transmitting electronic copies. Currently there is no authority for an equivalent per page cost for electronic transmission, yet there are costs associated with producing electronic copies of records in response to public records requests similar to those of making a paper copy.

An AWC priority bill, HB 1684 allows a government to charge for certain electronic records transmissions. Under this legislation a local government may not charge for the transmission of the first ten megabytes of electronic data for each individual request, but may charge a rate of fifteen cents per megabyte after. A local government may also charge the actual cost of postage, delivery or the cost of any container, envelope or storage device to send the public records request. Finally, if an agency determines that the records request is more than ten percent of the agency’s records they may, before processing the request, require a deposit in an amount not to exceed the estimate of providing ten percent of all agency records.

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Official title:

AN ACT Relating to charges for the cost of providing public records in response to public records requests;


Takko, Nealey, Springer, S. Hunt, Gregerson, Walsh, Manweller, Fagan, Moeller, Wylie, Tharinger, Jinkins

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Jane Wall
Lobbyist:  Candice Bock

Issue Area

General Government

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