HB1593 was voted 9-0 to be inexpedient to legislate by the House Legislative Administration Committee this week. This bill would prohibit agencies from charging for labor to access records. The report on the bill from the committee was written by Rep. Lucy Weber:
The first section of this bill prohibits public bodies and agencies from recovering labor costs for searching and compiling information requested under the Right-to-Know Law. The committee received testimony that these costs are already unrecoverable under the present language, so the change is not needed. The remaining two sections require the public filing of significant information having to do with member spouses, their employment, and their business interests. Representatives are bound by the Legislative Ethics rules and it is important that Representatives’ information is available to the public. Committee members believed that spouses of Representatives should retain their privacy.
This bill now goes to the full House for a vote on the consent calendar on February 10, 2016.