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1. Who receives a request?

1. Who receives a request?

Often, the individual seeking access to public records will already know the specific record or document sought. Idaho’s Public Records Act does not require local agencies to specifically detail the types of records maintained by the agencies. However, the act requires every state agency to adopt guidelines that identify the general subject matter of all public records kept or maintained by the agency and to further identify the custodian and physical location of such documents. Idaho Code § 9-347.

1. Who receives a request?

Requests should be directed during office hours to the officer, employee, or agent of the governmental entity having legal custody of the records. N.R.S. 239.010.

1. Who receives a request?

A government entity may make rules designating where and to whom a record request shall be directed. See Utah Code Ann. § 63G-2-204(2)(d).

1. Who receives a request?

A request for public records should be addressed to the relevant public body’s FOIA Officer—by way of personal delivery, mail, telefax, or other written means available to the public body. 5 ILCS 140/3(c).  A public body may not require that a request be submitted on a standard form or require the requester to specify the purpose for a request, except to determine whether the records are requested for a commercial purpose or whether to grant a request for a fee waiver. 5 ILCS 140/3(c).

1. Who receives a request?

The Statute is intended, and has been implemented, to minimize the need for formal procedures. Requests for records should be in writing and directed to an official of the public agency or public body from which the records are sought. RSA 91-A:4, IV; RSA 91-A:7.

1. Who receives a request?

The open records law in Vermont is procedurally very simple. The person seeking a record or document has only to make a "request" for it to "the custodian of a public record," who "shall promptly produce the record for inspection." 1 V.S.A. § 318 (a). Every office and agency must comply with its own requests; there are no centralized handling procedures.

1. Who receives a request?

Any employee of a public agency may receive the request. FOI responsibilities are not assigned to specific offices.

1. Who receives a request?

N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(q) provides that the request shall be conveyed to the custodian. N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1 defines a custodian, in the case of a municipality to be the municipal clerk and in the case of other agencies to be the person officially designated by the agency's governing body.

1. Who receives a request?

The request should be directed to the agency that is the custodian of the records that are being sought.

The Governor is not the custodian of records for each and every public body in the Commonwealth. Davis v. Allen, 44 Va. Cir. 237 (1997).

1. Who receives a request?

The lawful custodian or authorized deputy. Iowa Code §  22.3.