Introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey (R) on January 9, 2013, to cap at 10-cents per copy the 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 allowable 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 January 9, 2013.
Reported in the House on November 13, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
2013 House Bill 4001 (Cap FOIA charges and increase government FOIA scofflaw penalties ) by admin on February 27, 2013 Introduced in the House on January 9, 2013