PHOENIX (AP) - The sponsor of an Arizona bill that would impose new fees for access to public records says he wants to combat abuse of the system.
Republican Rep. David Stevens of Sierra Vista held a public meeting to discuss his bill on Tuesday. He said the system is sometimes abused with burdensome requests that require hours in costly manpower.
House Bill 2419 would allow public records custodians to charge $20 an hour for labor associated with retrieving public records only after the first four hours of labor.
State law currently allows custodians to charge only for the cost of printing public records.
Media organizations oppose the fee as a restriction on information the public already owns. But the League of Arizona Cities and Towns says it's needed to handle repeated requests from people who overwhelm public employees.
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