Indiana House passes a bill to install an hourly fee for public records requests

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Indiana House has passed a measure that would bill journalists and the public a $20 per hour rate for records requests under open government laws if they take more than two hours to complete.

The measure by Republican Rep. Kathy Richardson of Noblesville was approved Thursday on a 62-25 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

Richardson says public records requests can be a burdensome annoyance that take up an excessive amount of government workers’ time.

Democrats, including Rep. Matt Pierce of Bloomington, blasted the proposal as “not a good policy, not a good principle.” He says government employees are paid by taxpayers who should not have to pay for documents.

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  1. You’ve got to love it…Your public records that are controlled by your public officials (elected) are only public to see if you have money…LOL Can’t expect someone to actually do their job for the price of their wages when we are talking about government. Have to pay extra for them doing there job. You can’t make this stuff up!

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