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Mayor-President Guillory to set fees on obtaining digital records

Posted at 12:16 AM, Oct 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-07 01:16:06-04

Lafayette mayor-president Josh Guillory does have the authority to set fees for public records, without council action.

The decision sprung from a ruling established by a Fifteenth Judicial District Judge this week, issuing a $1 fee for each page of digital records requested.

The Acadiana Advocate and The Current followed suit, resulting in the Judge siding with the Lafayette Consolidated Government today based on an addition to the Public Records Act, allowing governments to charge a "reasonable" fee for electronic records.

More information on the lawsuit filed by the two Lafayette news organizations in mid-September against Guillory in his official capacity as mayor-president can be found in the article referenced below:

Advocate, Current sue LCG over public records

Whether or not the proposed fee is "reasonable," could be decided at a hearing that will take pace in December.