Fees: did you know?

According to the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Mississippi, the Magnolia state's open records law says public bodies can charge the "actual cost" for providing the records. "Who knew those two words could be interpreted in so many ways?" the center asks in its spring newsletter. Here's a sampling of how other states charge for public records requests. (The newsletter also includes a write-up of NFOIC summit panels, including the one VCOG board members Lucy Dalglish and Ginger Stanley participated in.)