Will Kentucky ‘ban the scan’?

Al Cross points to an interesting backward step Kentucky may take on transparency:

The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow county clerks to charge up to 50 cents per page for paper copies of any record and let them ban scanners, cameras and other devices that could be used to make electronic copies. An attorney general’s opinion limits the charge to 10 cents per page unless the actual cost of producing the copy is greater.

More here.

Making it up to five times more expensive for Kentuckians to get a good look at government records may make clerks some money, but it’s hard to see how the public is better served by making government less accessible.