In advance of Sunshine Week, The Associated Press compiled a state-by-state open-records update that includes several transparency nightmares, including a Florida sheriff’s office that wanted $399,000 to search for agency emails containing gay slurs and a state Department of Motor Vehicles that demanded $19,950 for a specialized public records search.
Here are five cases that stand out:
California: The state DMV asked for nearly $20,000 to fulfill an open-records request from The Associated Press seeking to determine “whether poor people had their driver’s licenses suspended at a disproportionate rate.”
The justification for the pricetag? The DMV claimed the request would require 120 hours of special programming at $135 per hour:
The AP sought a meeting with the DMV’s public information and technology staff, but the agency never responded.