Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) says that a state Appellate Court ruling finding that government agencies can only charge the public the actual costs for copies of government records.
“This ruling is a victory for the public and government transparency,” Cryan said. “If private businesses had the same copying fees as some government agencies, we’d have consumer-protection laws in place already.”
Cryan is the sponsor of A-559, which sets lower and more uniform fees for copies of official state government documents. Under his bill, the cost that could be charged to an individual for public records could not exceed 10 cents per page for letter-size copies or 15 cents per page for legal-size copies.
“Government has no reason to overcharge for public information and should always lean toward transparency and this ruling will help hammer that point home,” Cryan said.