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Senate Roll Call 935 on
2013 House Bill 4001: Cap FOIA charges and increase government FOIA scofflaw penalties

Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on December 19, 2014.
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To limit the costs a government body may charge to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act open records request. Among other things the bill would prohibit charging more than the wages of the lowest paid employee capable of meeting the request (or of deleting information exempt from disclosure), whether or not that person does the actual work. “Overhead” or overtime costs could not be included. A government body could choose to provide bulky information in electronic format (on CD), and if the requested information is on its website could just reference this in its reply. FOIA requestors would have to be given an itemized list of the costs, and a government body's procedures, guidelines and fees would have to be posted on its website (if it has one). Tardy responses would be subject to a discount of up to 50 percent. The penalty and damages for wrongfully denying a request would increase from $500 to $1,000 (with fines of up to $7,500 if this is “willful and intentional”). More rigorous sanctions previously adopted by the House were stripped out in this final Senate-passed version.

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SENATE DEMOCRATS

Ananich (D)Hopgood (D)Hunter (D)Smith (D)

SENATE REPUBLICANS

Booher (R)Brandenburg (R)Casperson (R)Caswell (R)Colbeck (R)
Emmons (R)Green (R)Hansen (R)Hildenbrand (R)Hune (R)
Jansen (R)Jones (R)Kahn (R)Kowall (R)Marleau (R)
Meekhof (R)Moolenaar (R)Nofs (R)Pappageorge (R)Pavlov (R)
Proos (R)Richardville (R)Robertson (R)Schuitmaker (R)Walker (R)


AGAINST

SENATE DEMOCRATS

Anderson (D)Bieda (D)Gregory (D)Hood (D)Johnson (D)
Warren (D)Young (D)   

SENATE REPUBLICANS

Rocca (R)


SENATE LEGISLATORS ORDERED BY NAME

Y    Ananich (D-27)  n  Anderson (D-6)  n  Bieda (D-9)Y    Booher (R-35)
Y    Brandenburg (R-11)Y    Casperson (R-38)Y    Caswell (R-16)Y    Colbeck (R-7)
Y    Emmons (R-33)Y    Green (R-31)  n  Gregory (D-14)Y    Hansen (R-34)
Y    Hildenbrand (R-29)  n  Hood (D-3)Y    Hopgood (D-8)Y    Hune (R-22)
Y    Hunter (D-5)Y    Jansen (R-28)  n  Johnson (D-2)Y    Jones (R-24)
Y    Kahn (R-32)Y    Kowall (R-15)Y    Marleau (R-12)Y    Meekhof (R-30)
Y    Moolenaar (R-36)Y    Nofs (R-19)Y    Pappageorge (R-13)Y    Pavlov (R-25)
Y    Proos (R-21)Y    Richardville (R-17)Y    Robertson (R-26)  n  Rocca (R-10)
Y    Schuitmaker (R-20)Y    Smith (D-4)Y    Walker (R-37)  n  Warren (D-18)
  n  Young (D-1)   


Senate Roll Call 935 on 2013 House Bill 4001

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