A trailer bill designed to increase revenue for the cash strapped state died in the California Legislature. This bill was put forth by the Administrative Office of the Courts and would of charged $10.00 to access court records. This would of made it quite expensive to conduct employment background checks.
The idea of levying fees for accessing court records is not something new as there are many courts across the United States that charge fees to access what is supposed to be considered public records. States such as South Dakota, North Dakota and New York charge court fees in all counties with the New York Office of Court Administration charging an astounding $65.00 per name.
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