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Montanaacabrera@co.yellowstone.mt.gov
Appears all data is online.

Mont. Code Ann. § 2-6-101 – 112; Article II, §
9 of the Montana Constitution
http://www.naco.org/newsroom/pubs/Documents/County%20Management%20and%20Structure/Open%20Records%20Laws%20A%20State%20by%20State%20Report.pdf
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New Jerseykmcsorley@co.bergen.nj.usAppears all are online. But that may not cover any GIS data.11
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Floridabcpa@BradfordAppraiser.com, kclark@BradfordAppraiser.com
angela.gray@jeffersonpa.net
vmorrow@broward.org
lori@bcpa.net
Heather Hanson <hhanson@bcpa.net>
Florida requires that governments submit parcels and assessor data to the Department of Revenue in a standardized way.
Appears GIS parcels are at discretion of Dept of Revenue (law says "may" include).
Currently they do require it.
Requirements by the Dept of Revenue are online.

See:
193.1142 FS
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http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0100-0199/0193/Sections/0193.1142.html

http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/cofficials/
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DelawareLandUse@nccde.orgCost of duplication, though there is something about "aministrative fees".

See:
29 Del. C. Section 10003 (m)
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http://delcode.delaware.gov/title29/c100/index.shtml
Appears to be same.22
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Texasfbcauto@co.fort-bend.tx.us
open.records@cpa.state.tx.us
Data must be provided for cost of duplication. Some stipulations on confidentiality. Spoke with Texas office, which said appeals are made, which they may have allowed or denied.

See:
http://comptroller.texas.gov/pia.php
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/og/piasign.pdf
2Appears to be same.22
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District_of_Columbia_USAdcgis@dc.gov
customerservice.octo@dc.gov
All data is available, but need to find laws that allow/prohibit.2Also available22
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IllinoisGIS@boonecountyil.org
Recent Illinois Supreme Court case upheld provisions that state that data must be provided at cost of duplication.

35 ILCS 200/9-20
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=596&ChapterID=8

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/cost-only-rule-applies-to-foia-fees-illinois-property-tax-records
http://www.franczek.com/frontcenter-FOIA_Public_Body_Attorney_Fees.html
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Massachusetts
950 C. M. R. 32.06 (1) (e)
and more

May not charge for production costs, only duplication costs.

See:
http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/it-serv-and-support/application-serv/office-of-geographic-information-massgis/municipal-gis/gis-and-the-public-records-law/letter-from-public-records-custodian-on-gis.html
http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/it-serv-and-support/application-serv/office-of-geographic-information-massgis/municipal-gis/gis-and-the-public-records-law/
2Appears to apply to assessor's data as well.2
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Hawaiigis@mauicounty.govSee HRS §92-21
Must be provided for cost of duplication. However, mentions several things other than direct time. Appears to not indclude cost of production only reproduction.

In any case, data appears to be online in general.
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http://www.hawaii.edu/ohelo/statutes/HRS092/HRS_0092-0021.htm
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Virginiaassessor@yorkcounty.gov,
gis@yorkcounty.gov
Data is open, must be provided at cost of duplication (subsection F).
People out of state can be more restricted (subsection A).
However, appears that someone in Virginia can get data and share it openly.
Oddly, there was a US Supreme Court case about restricting people out of state, ruled in favor of the defendants in Virginia. May have been for some documents that would only be available to citizen but are confidential, only for that person. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/foia-requests-blocked_n_3178003.html

See:
2.2-3704(A) and (F)
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http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+2.2-3704
http://foiacouncil.dls.virginia.gov/2011law.pdf
No Exceptions known.22
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ArkansasRichard.Booth@BentonCountyAR.govMust be provided at cost of duplication. Also, cannot charge for less than 2 hours.

See:
§ 25-19-105(d)(3)(A)
§ 25-19-109
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http://law.justia.com/codes/arkansas/2010/title-25/chapter-19/25-19-105
http://law.justia.com/codes/arkansas/2010/title-25/chapter-19/25-19-109
No exceptions known.22
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Ohiosliggins@pickaway.org
waycogis@co.wayne.oh.us

Travis Gregorich <travis.gregorich@co.wayne.oh.us>
GIS <waycogis@co.wayne.oh.us>
Appears that data must be provided for free/cost of duplication. Most counties have data available online it seems.
Need to find exact laws. Some counties are charging. Reasons are given, need to go over them.
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North Dakotadebbie.nelson@gfcounty.org
dean.dahl@gfcounty.org
amber.gudajtes@gfcounty.org
peter.welte@gfcounty.org
State allows county Board of Commissioners to set fees. In the case of Grand Forks County, the charge they set was $1000.
Appears they are in violation.

See:
11.11.14.4
2Appears to be the same2
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WisconsinPeter Strand <Peter.Strand@co.eau-claire.wi.us>Appears in violation. Data should be provided at cost of duplication.

Wisconsin Statutes:
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/prefaces/toc
2Appears to be the same2
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Alabamagis@cityofmobile.org
mwood@mobile-propertytax.com
mark.griffin@revenue.alabama.gov
Appears charges are in violation. Board of Revenue of a county may establish charges, which is guided in part by the Department of Revenue of the State of Alabama. Department of Revenue provided opinons of Attorney General, which only stated that fees must be "reasonable". Nothing appears to allow costs to be more than the cost of duplication.

Was referred to 40-7-64, which allows the Department of Revenue to set charges, which the person I spoke with at Mobile County implied is encompassed by the "Plan for Equalization"

Was given the following opinion by the Alabama Department of Revenue:
http://www.ago.state.al.us/opinions/pdf/98-00158.pdf
One of the referenced opinon goes into slightly more detail on page 2:
http://www.ago.state.al.us/opinions/pdf/9500268.pdf
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South Carolinagis@greenvillecounty.org
Mark W. Tollison <mTollison@greenvillecounty.org>
As far as can tell, requires cost of duplication. At least one county is charging more ($500), and provides legal justification for it.22
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West Virginiarobshaffer@woodcountywv.com
Rich Shaffer <richshaffer@woodcountywv.com>
Appears that people are charging based on "tax map" laws. This appears to apply to printed maps. As far as can tell, data must be provided for duplication cost, but laws regarding maps are not explicit and are apparently being written currently.

http://www.wvgis.wvu.edu/resources/standardsGuidelines/Tax_map_committee_report_7Jan07.pdf
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South DakotaGIS@brookingscountysd.govStatutes were provided that were insufficient. At least one county is charging $2500 for parcels.

Appears must provide at cost of duplication.
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Kansasmmccurley@harpercountyks.gov
jknox@harpercountyks.gov
Must charge "actual cost of furnishing copies."

See:
Statute 45-218 and Statute 45-219
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http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_45/Article_2/#45-218
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Oklahomajccowan@paynecounty.orgAppears that data is to be given at cost of duplication. Appears charges of $50 for each file are in violation.

See Title 51 Sec 24:
http://oklegal.onenet.net/oklegal-cgi/get_statute?99/Title.51/51-24.html
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New Yorkcdholewinski@cattco.org
JKGriffith@cattco.org
TCBrady@cattco.org
Must charge cost of duplication, no labor for less than 2 hrs.2
http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/foil2.html#s87
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Utahgis@washco.utah.gov
info@wcattorney.com
Janna Mock <Janna.Mock@wcattorney.com>
jodi.borgeson@wcattorney.com,
eric.clarke@wcattorney.com
Must charge "actual costs". At least one county is charging more.

See:
UCA 63G-2-203
2http://le.utah.gov/code/TITLE63G/htm/63G02_020300.htm2
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Nebraskacaseys@hallcountyne.gov
dan.silvis@douglascounty-ne.gov
Appears must be provided for cost of duplication. Also, may not be charged for labor costs in excess of 4 hrs.
Is a section on "specialized services", when transferring a file, but does not appear to justify more than duplication costs.
At least one county is charging much more.

See:
Nebraska Public Records Act
84-712
3(b)(iii)
3(c)
Specialized services:
84-712.01(2)
2http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=84-7122
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Louisianahttp://nolaassessor.com/contact.html
conradc@lafayetteassessor.com
fsuire@lafayetteassessor.com,
mhebert@lafayettela.gov
gis@brgov.com
Must charge reasonable fees.
Not verified directly.

See: RS 44:32
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http://legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=99691
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New Hampshireiris@hillsboroughnh.net
bthomas@manchesternh.gov
Appears only actual costs of producing copies. Have not verified directly.22
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Washingtonclifton.mccarley@clark.wa.gov
john.fairgrieve@clark.wa.gov
geodata@co.thurston.wa.us
Must charge actual costs. Not verified directly.22
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Mainebhorr@yorkmaine.orgAppears must be provided at cost of duplication. Not verified directly.22
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Vermontkbramman@barrecity.org
ifoss@burlingtonvt.gov
Apparently Secretary of State creates fees, which must be based on media cost and cost of machine (last part is difficult to understand).
Not verified directly.

See:
State Statute of 1 VSA 316(d)
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http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=01&Chapter=005&Section=00316
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Connecticutbrownk@townoflitchfield.org
richg@manchesterct.gov
HDerAsadourian@townofcantonct.org
Appears must be actual cost of copy. Not verified directly.

See:
2013 FOIA Act
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http://www.ct.gov/foi/cwp/view.asp?a=4161&Q=488540&foiNav=%7C
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Rhode Islandassessor@warwickri.com
mgiarrusso@cranstonri.org
"Reasonable actual costs"

See:
§ 38-2-4
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http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/title38/38-2/38-2-4.HTM
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Iowacgovig@millscoia.usMust provide anything non-confidential at reasonable cost. However, some mention of Geographic databases. Appears to only apply to nonconfidential records, though unclear what is nonconfidential or not.

See:
Iowa Code
§22.2(2) (2012)
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http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/images/pdfs/Openrecords_out.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20141031133241/http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/images/pdfs/Openrecords_out.pdf
http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/cool-ice/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=iowacode&ga=83&input=22#22.2
Appears to be that can charge for cost of retrieval. Unsure.22
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CaliforniaxCompletely open, as mandated by California Supreme Court2
http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2014/feb/24/news5.html
May charge cost of production. See Revenue and Taxation Code Section 408.3(c).8http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=rtc&group=00001-01000&file=401-4098
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Tennesseejohncisbell@sumnertn.orgMay charge for GIS data if commercial use. Cost of production.
May be received at cost of duplication for non-commercial.

See:
T.C.A. § 10-7-506
8Noncommercialhttp://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-10/chapter-7/part-5/10-7-506/May apply to assessor's data, unclear.8
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ArizonaGIS@yumacountyaz.gov
cindy.joslin@yumacountyaz.gov
ycattyoffice@yumacountyaz.gov
Appears charges are in violation. However, also appears that any data can have a noncommercial license applied.

http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp?Title=39
http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/39/00121-03.htm&Title=39&DocType=ARS
8Noncommercial8
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Coloradoecgis@eaglecounty.usMay charge cost of production. Language is somewhat vague, but can be interterpreted that way with reason. There is a clause about nonprofits, will follow up on that.

See:
24-72-205(4)
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http://www.lpdirect.net/casb/crs/24-72-205.html
No exceptions known.88
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Kentuckyinfo.hcpva@hcky.orgLaw below is unclear, appears to be for cost of duplication, but prices are more along the lines of production costs. The Kentucky Dept Revenue actually provides guidline fees, so this is the state's interpretation.


KRS 133.047(4)
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http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=28335
http://www.qpublic.net/ky/hardin/fee_schedule.html
Appears to be the same, as indicated in fee schedule.78
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MissourixCan charge for cost of production.
See:
Section 67.1850
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http://bit.ly/1vWatJr

Also, check out:
http://geovelo.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/RSMO_67-1850_ChrisDunn.pdf
http://geovelo.org/people/christopher-w-dunn/rsmo-%C2%A7-67-1850/
Appears to be the same.78
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Idahox
Can charge for cost of production.
See:
31-875

"Appears that there is an examption for GIS data. Need to find specific exemption.
http://www.naco.org/newsroom/pubs/Documents/County%20Management%20and%20Structure/Open%20Records%20Laws%20A%20State%20by%20State%20Report.pdf"
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http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title31/T31CH8SECT31-875.htm
More: http://gis.latah.id.us/fees.pdf
Appears to be the same (see "more" link)78
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Wyomingtstephens@niobraracounty.orgAllows charging for "constucting the record".

See:
Wyoming Public Records Act
16-4-202(d.i)
8Applies to assessor's data, unless there is an exception.78
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Alaskainternet_gis@co.fairbanks.ak.usMay charge cost of production.

See:
AS 40.25.115
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http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title40/Chapter25/Section115.htm
Appears to be the same78
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MinnesotaKyle Oberg <Kyle.Oberg@co.cook.mn.us>May charge developmental costs.

See:
13.03, Subdivision 3 (d)
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=13.03&year=2014&keyword_type=all&keyword=13.03
8Appears to be same.78
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Indianakjohnson@co.delaware.in.usSpecific exception for "electronic maps", may charge cost of production.

See:
IC 5-14-3-8
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North Carolinasara.powell.turner@hertfordcountync.govOnly says "provide copies at reasonable cost". At least one county interprets that as including all costs, not just for duplication.


See:
§ 132-10. Qualified exception for geographical information systems.
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Nevadagismo@ClarkCountyNV.govMay charge cost of production.

See:
NRS 239.054
8http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-239.html#NRS239Sec054May not apply to assessor's data.8
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GeorgiaJLana@cobbcounty.orgCan charge for cost of production.

See:
Georgia Senate Bill 230 & 406
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http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20012002/14112.pdf
http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20012002/8112.pdf
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Michiganjawrey@ogemawcountymi.govCan charge for cost of production ("operating expenses").

See:
MCL 15.443
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http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(tls1dv45whr0s345uvowtfud))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-15-443
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(iexa2n45oujrqjedextlmxjg))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-15-442
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OregonTychoG@co.wasco.or.usBasically, may sell data as if it were private. Goes even further than "cost of production".

See:
190.050
Fees for geographic data; uses.
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http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/190.050
May be same, following up8
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New Mexicoassessor@co.mckinley.nm.us
http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/contact/Contact_mapping.html
Law essentially says that govts may charge "reasonable" fee other than duplication costs.

http://www.co.valencia.nm.us/departments/gis/Mapping_Rates.pdf
8http://law.justia.com/codes/new-mexico/2013/chapter-14/article-3/section-14-3-18May only apply to GIS data.8
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Marylandcustserv@aacounty.org
dblack@ccgov.org
See:
10-901 through 10-905 of the State Government Article of Code of Maryland
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http://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2013/article-gsg
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Pennsylvaniaszubek@tiogacountypa.usMay charge market value.

See:
Pennsylvania Right to Know Laws (RTKL)
Section 1307(4)(i)
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http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/open_records/4434/right-to-know_law/466460
https://www.dced.state.pa.us/public/oor/righttoknow.txt
Language likely applies to assessor's data, unless there is an explicit stipulation.88
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Mississippipbarnes@co.harrison.ms.us
bhughes@co.hinds.ms.us
awilliams@co.hinds.ms.us
cstokes@co.hinds.ms.us
abrown@co.hinds.ms.us
May charge cost of production. Specific exemption for GIS cadastral data.

§ 25-61-7 (2)
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http://www.ethics.state.ms.us/ethics/ethics.nsf/PageSection/A_records_entire_pub_rec_act/$FILE/Public%20Records%20Act.htm?OpenElement
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