The measure was introduced to end the practice of state and local agencies using the cost of providing copies of public records as a means to delay and obstruct access to those records.
Under the bill an agency could prevent a requester from using his or her own equipment to make a copy of a record if the mechanism used to make the copy would damage the document.
An increasing number of agencies have used the cost provision in the CPRA to block public access to information. These agencies charge requesters exorbitant amounts before they will provide copies of requested documents which many requesters can ill afford to pay.
The bill moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee where it will be taken up after the legislature’s summer recess which begins on July 12 and ends on August 12.