Kansas newspaper charged $3K for records request

To finish an open records request, the Department for Children and Families told The Topeka Capital-Journal the newspaper would have to pay almost $3,000, a fee criticized by government transparency advocates.

On Dec. 8, a Capital-Journal reporter requested two days worth of incoming and outgoing emails from six DCF officials. On Tuesday evening, DCF asked for $2,855 for 2,400 emails and more than two days worth of staff time.

“These kinds of outrageous charges close the lid on government more tightly,” said Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association. Continue…