Fees for open-record requests may shrink

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services once calculated that it would cost $126,340 to turn over public records related to the Medicaid program.

It was an extreme example of what Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery called abuse of a law allowing government agencies to recoup the costs of responding to open records requests. Putting a stop to excessive and arbitrary fees is why he introduced Legislative Bill 363.

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