Search fee for public records requests.

Authors: Representative William Friend

Co-authors: Representative Kathy Richardson

Sponsors: Senator Travis Holdman, Senator Randall Head, Senator James Arnold

Co-Sponsors: Senator Lonnie Randolph

Advisors: Representative Jerry Torr, Representative Peggy Mayfield, Representative Cindy Ziemke, Representative John Bartlett


Allows a state or local government public agency to charge a fee for the time required by the public agency in excess of two hours, to search for a public record. Restricts the hourly rate charged for the search. Prohibits a public agency from charging a fee for the public agency to: (1) transmit a public record by electronic mail; or (2) permit a person (not including a commercial entity) to use a cellular phone to copy a public record that contains the person's name. Provides that if a public record is in an electronic format, a public agency (excluding the office of the county recorder) shall provide an electronic copy or a paper copy, at the option of the person making the request for a public record. Provides that a search fee collected by a department, agency, or office of a county, city, town, or township shall be deposited in the general fund of the county, city, town, or township.