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From $37 to $339,000: Why the price of public records requests varies so much

The laws about public records differ from one government to the next and are further complicated by some technologies, like police body cameras.

In 2015, the editor of a newspaper in Florida filed a public records request with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office asking for the email of every employee during a five-month period to be searched for specific gay slurs.

In response, the South Florida Gay News received a $339,000 bill…Please click here to read Liz Farmer’s story in Governing.

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