HB 2421

House Bill (HB) 2421: S/E: public records; notice; penalty

Sponsor: Representative Stevens

Overview: The strike-everything amendment to HB 2421 allows a person to sue to enforce online public records and public notice requirements.

League Position: OPPOSE - The League is opposed to the bill because the best course for ensuring compliance with state requirements is not through the courtroom.

Summary: The strike-everything amendment to HB 2421 authorizes the attorney general, the county attorney or any person who is affected by an alleged violation of any law that requires a public record or public notice to be posted on a public body's website to sue in the superior court in order to require compliance. The courts may assess a civil penalty of up to $500 for each violation and may award costs and reasonable attorney fees to a successful plaintiff.

Updates

02/13/14: HB 2421 passed out of the House Technology and Infrastructure Committee on a 6-0 vote. The strike-everything amendment was adopted. The League signed in opposing the bill. The bill now proceeds to the Rules Committee.