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Why does the government want you to pay big bucks for info YOU own? Tune into Texas Watchdog's Transparency Talk Radio to find out.
Tuesday, Feb 08, 2011, 01:37PM CST
By Jennifer Peebles
ontheair

It's your information. Not the government's. So, why on earth do people in government want you to pay a huge amount of money to get access to public records?

Costs of getting access to public records will be our topic on this week's episode of Transparency Talk Radio, Texas Watchdog's live Internet radio show and podcast.

Listen at www.blogtalkradio.com/transparencytalkradio. We'll be live at 2 p.m. Central, but if you can't make it then, that's fine -- go to that URL later on to listen to the archived show. You can even click a link to download the show to your iPod so you can listen on the go. (And feel free to listen to our other archived shows as well!)  

We'll talk about a proposal here in Texas to allow local governments to charge you upfront to get access to records.

In Texas and many other states, public officials are allowed to charge you a per-page fee plus certain overhead and labor costs -- but you generally pay when you get copies made. Many people in government want to be able to charge you just to look at records -- a move that will effectively many people's access to government information.
 
Contact Jennifer Peebles at 281-656-4608 or jennifer@texaswatchdog.org.

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