- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence has vetoed a proposal that would allow government entities around Indiana to charge fees for fulfilling some public records requests.

The measure approved by legislators would allow state and local agencies to charge as much as $20 an hour to complete records requests that take more than two hours.

Pence says he issued the veto Friday because the cost of public records shouldn’t be a barrier to the public’s right to know.

The bill also required those entities to provide electronic versions of any public records kept on computers and would compel local government and school districts to provide financial information for posting to the state’s transparency website.

Supporters of the records fee say government agencies can be bogged down by large requests.

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