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Bill Lowers Open Records Cost

The cost of getting government documents would drop in Georgia under legislation passed by House lawmakers.

The House of Representatives voted 154-5 on Monday to approve a rewrite of Georgia's open government law. The bill now heads to the state Senate.

Lawmakers ultimately abandoned an attempt to make all communications between governments and their attorneys largely unobtainable by the public, an earlier point of contention.

Under the latest proposal, local governments could keep legal advice from their attorneys private. But the government would have to make public any factual information uncovered by attorneys during probes of potential wrongdoing and other issues.

Among other changes, the bill would only allow governments to charge 10 cents per page for copying public records, down from the current cost of 25 cents.

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