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Public Record Fees Increase - SB1148

Posted by Dev Sethi | Jul 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

One of our best resources is the network of partners we develop to assist our clients. Today's blog comes from a professional and creative private investigator we work with to preserve evidence, investigate leads, and track down information. Steve Mason from Mason Investigative Solutions shares some important information on the cost of obtaining public records - most specifically body worn camera video:

On June 20, 2023, the Governor signed SB1148. As part of this bill, Arizona government agencies are now allowed to charge up to $46 per hour of video requested. As an example, if a public records request is filed with DPS for officer body camera video and there were two troopers on scene for two hours, DPS can charge up to $184.00 plus the cost of delivery for the records request.

To further complicate the issue, DPS (and perhaps others) has begun to retroactively apply this new law to record requests filed before June 20, 2023. In one case last Friday, DPS billed us more than $900 for a single body camera video records request that was filed during the summer of 2022. Unfortunately, the majority of government agencies will not tally the number of video hours prior completing the records request. 

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Dev Sethi

Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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