New Law Cuts Copying Costs For OPRA Requests

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TRENTON – Legislation to set lower and more uniform fees for copies of official state government documents has been signed into law.

Under former law, document copying fees varied widely, with some state departments and agencies allowed to charge residents seeking information up to $10 per page.

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The law (A-559) sets the fees for copies of government records under the Open Public Records Act to 5 cents per letter size page or smaller, and 7 cents per legal size page or larger.

It also provides that access to electronic records and non-printed materials will be provided free of charge, but the public agency may charge for the actual costs of any needed supplies such as computer discs.


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