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Exploring the Sometimes High Cost of Records Access

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The cost of obtaining public records can often be a means of denial. That’s why a $223 bill to a citizen seeking records on a former employee prompted the Ft. Myers News-Press to take a long look at records pricing practices in its area. The Oregonian told of a local man told he’d have to pay $140 for a police report. And Flint Journal reporter Bryan Mickle said he could buy a book for less than the city wanted to charge him for two job descriptions. (3/25/08)