• Copy charge

      (1) Standard paper copy: The charge for standard paper copies reproduced by means of an office machine copier or a computer printer is $.10 per page or part of a page. Each side that has recorded information is considered a page.

      (2) Nonstandard copy: The charges in this subsection are to cover the materials onto which information is copied and do not reflect any additional charges, including labor, that may be associated with a particular request. The charges for nonstandard copies are:

        (A) Diskette--$1.00;

        (B) Magnetic tape--actual cost

         (C) Data cartridge--actual cost;

         (D) Tape cartridge--actual cost;

         (E) Rewritable CD (CD-RW)--$1.00;

         (F) Non-rewritable CD (CD-R)--$1.00;

         (G) Digital video disc (DVD)--$3.00;

         (H) JAZ drive--actual cost;

         (I) Other electronic media--actual cost;

         (J) VHS video cassette--$2.50;

         (K) Audio cassette--$1.00;

         (L) Oversize paper copy (e.g.: 11 inches by 17 inches, greenbar, bluebar, not including maps and photographs using specialty paper--See also §70.9 of this title)--$.50;

         (M) Specialty paper (e.g.: Mylar, blueprint, blueline, map, photographic--actual cost.

    Labor charge for locating, compiling, manipulating data, and reproducing public information.

      (1) The charge for labor costs incurred in processing a request for public information is $15 an hour. The labor charge includes the actual time to locate, compile, manipulate data, and reproduce the requested information.

      (2) A labor charge shall not be billed in connection with complying with requests that are for 50 or fewer pages of paper records, unless the documents to be copied are located in:

        (A) Two or more separate buildings that are not physically connected with each other; or

        (B) A remote storage facility.

      (3) A labor charge shall not be recovered for any time spent by an attorney, legal assistant, or any other person who reviews the requested information:

        (A) To determine whether the governmental body will raise any exceptions to disclosure of the requested information under the Texas Government Code, Subchapter C, Chapter 552; or

        (B) To research or prepare a request for a ruling by the attorney general's office pursuant to §552.301 of the Texas Government Code.

      (4) When confidential information pursuant to a mandatory exception of the Act is mixed with public information in the same page, a labor charge may be recovered for time spent to redact, blackout, or otherwise obscure confidential information in order to release the public information. A labor charge shall not be made for redacting confidential information for requests of 50 or fewer pages, unless the request also qualifies for a labor charge pursuant to Texas Government Code, §552.261(a)(1) or (2).

      (5) If the charge for providing a copy of public information includes costs of labor, a governmental body shall comply with the requirements of Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, §552.261(b).

      (6) For purposes of paragraph (2)(A) of this subsection, two buildings connected by a covered or open sidewalk, an elevated or underground passageway, or a similar facility, are not considered to be separate buildings.