Legislators approve time limit to get records

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would set a time limit on when state agencies must supply public records sought by citizens and the news media.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Larry Dixon of Montgomery, originally proposed five business days, but said he's changing that to 15 days after talking with several groups.

Dixon said a time limit will keep agencies from avoiding a request.

His bill also allows agencies to charge a reasonable fee for locating and copying public records.

The Senate Government Affairs Committee approved his bill unanimously Tuesday.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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