TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Gov. Rick Scott has backed off slightly on the fees he slapped on requests for public records. Scott's office on Thursday announced a couple changes to reduce the cost of obtaining records from the governor's office.
There no longer will be a fee for the first 30 minutes of staff time it takes to process any request.
Under Scott's directive in March only requests taking less than 30 minutes were free. Those that took longer were charged for the entire time.
Also, the charge for staff time will be $19.43 per hour. That's the pay rate for an administrative assistant in the governor's Office of Open Government.
Previously the rates could be dramatically higher because they were based on the salaries of those staffers whose records were requested.