Good news, at least for now: That atrocious Right-to-Know bill the state Senate passed on Tuesday â€” which would allow local governments to charge citizens 12 1/2 cents per page to simply look at records, limit access to records of government contractors, and exempt volunteer fire companies' records from disclosure, among other terrible things â€”Â is dead, at least until the spring. (You can read the bill here.) That's what Terry Mutchler, executive director of the Office of Open Records, just told the Clog.
"There wasn't enough support for it [in the state House]," says Mutchler, despite the fact that it passed unanimously, and without debate, in the Senate. "There were going to be tons of amendments, so it couldn't happen, and even if the House were to make it happen, it's not going to until the spring."