Changes to Indian Trail public records policy raises questions

From wsoctv.com: INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Proposed changes to the public records policy in Indian Trail are raising questions about government transparency.

Tuesday evening, the Town Council will vote on the proposal, which civil rights experts said could limit citizens’ access to information.

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Under the new policy, residents would have to prepay a 75 percent deposit for any records requests that could exceed $100.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 18, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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Sheriff’s department overcharged for records on CD

From KFVS12.com: FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Meade County Sheriff’s Department has violated the Open Records Act by charging $10 for a CD containing six photographs.

That finding by the attorney general’s office was released on Tuesday. It held that charging more than the cost of the CD subverted the intent of Kentucky law governing access to public records.

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Mackinac Center files FOIA suit against City of Westland, Mich.

From Mackinac Center:  In June of this year, Capitol Confidential sent Freedom of Information Act requests to every municipality in the state which operates a golf course seeking financial information. Westland responded that the city requires a $5 fee up front before they will provide any information.

Westland also charged $1 per page for copying costs and $45.61 per hour for the person gathering the information.

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Iowa Department of Public Safety reduces charge for public records

From Des Moines Register:  The Iowa Department of Public Safety now says it will not charge The Des Moines Register the overtime rate for an employee to gather data in response to a public records request.

The decision came a day after the newspaper filed three complaints with the Iowa Public Information Board over record costs and access issues involving the departments of Public Safety and Human Services.

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