Last Friday afternoon, the Senate passed HB 1595 related to public records on a vote of 43-4. As a reminder, this bill would allow for a fee on electronic records based on gigabyte, would allow for a customized access fee, would provide that requests for “all or substantially all records of an agency” are not identifiable requests under the Public Records Act (PRA) and would provide that BOT requests are not identifiable requests under the PRA. The Senate made one change to the bill, so it will have to go back to the House for concurrence.
On Monday, the Senate passed HB 1594 on a vote of 40-7. The bill provides for a local government grant program, training from the Attorney General’s Office, and a data portal study. As amended in the Senate State Government Committee, HB 1594 also requires certain agencies to report annually to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee on several items, including the number of requests they receive each year and the cost to fulfill those requests.