Indiana Senate votes down new fees for public records


The Indiana Senate defeated a bill Monday that would have given state and local agencies the ability to charge up to $20 an hour to respond to public-records requests.
The Senate voted 28-21 to down House Bill 1175.
Some First Amendment advocates had argued the public already pays for records through tax dollars and an additional charge was a threat to public access. But local governments argued they have faced staff reductions and budget cuts, and needed to recoup the costs of producing documents.