Although the Act does not prohibit oral requests, a request must be in writing before § 552.301 applies. Under that section, a governmental body that receives a written request for information it considers exempt from disclosure (even though there has been no specific previous determination that such information is exempt) must ask for a decision from the Attorney General within 10 days of receiving the written request. § 552.301(a) and (b). Oral requests do not trigger this 10-day deadline. See Tex. Att'y Gen. ORD-304 (1982).
N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(f) provides that the custodian of a public agency shall adopt a form for the use of any person. The form shall provide space for the name, address and phone number of the requester and a brief description of the record sought. The use of the particular form is not, however, required by OPRA.
All state public bodies created in the executive branch of state government and subject to the provisions of the VFOIA must provide to the public upon request: (1) an explanation of the rights of a requester, the procedures to obtain public records from the public body, and the responsibilities of the public body in complying with the VFOIA; (2) contact information for the person designated by the public body to assist a requester in making a request or to respond to requests; and (3) a general description of the types of records maintained by that public body; (4) a general description of