CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Laramie County Sheriff's Department has stopped charging fees to view public documents.
The department dropped the practice on May 20.
Many Wyoming government agencies charge for copies of records, but the state open records law doesn't authorize charging for the time and effort required to make them available to the public.
Sheriff Danny Glick says the department won't usually charge for photocopies, either, but fees could be imposed for large-scale requests.
Cheyenne attorney Bruce Moats, an expert on the public records law, praised the change. He has been critical of the sheriff's policy in the past.
Moats says the costs of compiling and copying records can be prohibitive for citizens and can be a detriment to open government.