New requirements for public e-records went into effect two months ago. Does your local government have a policy? This week FOG issued a memo
to state and local policymakers urging them to adopt e-records fees and redaction punch lists to comply with the new law. We'd rather see governments act now to avoid fights (and potential lawsuits) down the road.
Here's an immediate worry -- without a consistent policy, chances are that staff will simply use their old copy fees. 35 or 50 cents per page for an e-mailed PDF? That negates the whole point of the recent amendments. Please ask your officials if their policy is keeping pace with the law.