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Michigan House Panel Puts Off Debate on FOIA Fees Cap

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan House committee has put off a debate on a bill that would restrict how much government agencies can charge for Freedom of Information Act requests.

The House Oversight Committee was supposed to consider the bill Tuesday, but the hearing was canceled.

The bill would prohibit a public body from charging more than 10 cents a page for a copy of a public record under the act.

Freedom of Information Act request fees are now are based on mailing, copying and labor costs.

The bill as introduced would also require that the public body reduce the charges of the request by 20 percent for every day it fails to respond to the request by the deadline.

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