Nebraska Lawmakers Begin Debate on Public Records Bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers have started a debate over what cities, counties and
state agencies can charge for public records.
Sen. Bill Avery of
Lincoln presented his bill Friday to the full Legislature. Avery says
his office has received complaints that governments were charging
hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars for copies of public
The measure makes clear that local governments can charge
a fee for making copies, based on a reasonable calculation of what it
costs for paper, toner and equipment.
But the bill would not allow
governments to charge for the salaries of government employees during
the first six hours it takes to fulfill the request. Beyond those six
hours, local governments could impose a special labor charge.