Newspaper sues over charge for public records

2014-08-08T11:20:00Z 2014-08-11T06:48:11Z Newspaper sues over charge for public recordsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 08, 2014 11:20 am  • 

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Tribune Eagle has filed suit seeking to block Laramie County School District 1 from charging to make public records available for viewing.

The lawsuit argues state law doesn't allow government agencies to charge for simply making records available to see, only for making copies of the records or creating new records.

The district says the charge is for staff time, not a fee for viewing.

The newspaper said the district charged $110 for staff time to retrieve trustees' emails requested by the newspaper. No photocopies or CDs of the records were made.

Newspaper attorney Bruce Moats says the public shouldn't have to pay merely to look at public records. He said such fees might stop some citizens from getting access to the records.

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