Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Record request cost

- — Michael R. Wickline and Rachel Herzog

The state Senate on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would allow law enforcemen­t agencies to charge records-requesters for costs associated with reviewing and redacting audio and video footage.

After concurring with a House-approved amendment to Senate Bill 346 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, the Senate voted 27-1 to send the bill to the governor.

The legislatio­n permits state and local public safety agencies, jails and dispatch centers to charge requesters up to $20 per hour for each hour of running time of audio, video or audiovisua­l media provided to the requester, beyond the first three hours of personnel time required to fill the request.

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