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Even a state legislator, it seems, can suffer the sticker shock of a public records request. When Rep. Robert Ackerman, of Eugene, asked for some records involving Oregon’s higher education system, he got the 32 pages sought – and a bill for $800. His immediate reaction is not recorded, but his longer term response was to file legislation to force agencies to forewarn citizens if the bill is going to be more than $25. The bill has passed the Oregon House. (5/9/05)