From The Columbus Dispatch

An attempt by Ohio’s county recorders to charge fees for online access to public records is dead — for this year, at least.

An amendment proposed by the Ohio Recorders’ Association will not be adopted as part of House Bill 247 pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the office of committee chairman Sen. Mark Wagoner, R-Ottawa Hills.

The death of the proposal is a relief to title companies, realtors, bankers, journalists and other members of the public who regularly visit recorders’ web sites to search for deeds, mortgages and other documents.

The recorders wanted to authorize county commissioners to allow their offices to charge up to $2 a page or up to a $500 annual subscription fee to download or print public records from their government-funded web sites.

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