LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A
bill that would regulate when Nebraska cities and counties can start
charging for public records requests has won first-round approval in the
Lawmakers advanced the measure on Monday, 35-1. The
vote followed a compromise on when governments can start charging for
the staff time required to fulfill a request.
The measure by Sen.
Bill Avery of Lincoln would have prohibited counties from charging for
the first six hours needed to comply with a request. Avery had initially
proposed a 10-hour minimum, but reduced the time to address the
concerns of cities and counties with small staffs.
advanced the bill after Avery agreed to reduce the time minimum again,
this time to four hours, before the bill comes up for a second vote.