Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Private Investigator News: Riverside County Officials propose public records fee

"Riverside County officials are proposing a fee of up to $50 an hour to retrieve and make copies of public records.

The proposal, which appears on today's Board of Supervisors agenda, would apply to Public Records Act requests for copies and is intended to help recover costs beyond the direct expense of duplication.

'This is a way to try and recoup taxpayer dollars spent on extensive requests that take people away from their other duties,' said county public information officer Ray Smith, who drafted the proposal.

Open-government advocates said Monday the proposal may not be legal and could face a challenge. Charging such a fee hinders access to public records, and retrieving public documents is part of an employee's regular duties, they said."

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