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4. Can an individual request records on behalf of a third party or organization?

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  • Georgia

    Any person, firm, corporation or other entity may request records under the statute and sue to enforce compliance with its provisions. O.C.G.A. § 50-18-73(a). The extent to which the requester, e.g., a lawyer, may be acting on behalf of a third party has no bearing on the requester’s standing to make the request; nor does the third party’s identity or purpose. Smith v. Northside Hosp., 347 Ga. App. 700, 705, 820 S.E.2d 758, 764 (2018).

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  • Kansas

    The law does not prevent an individual from requesting records on behalf of a third party or organization.

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  • New Mexico

    The Act does not require any explanation of the purpose of the request and therefore it is clear an individual can request records on behalf of a third party or organization.

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  • Vermont

    “Any person may inspect or copy any public record of a public agency.”  1 V.S.A. § 316(a). There is no limitation on or definition of the term “person.” Neither the motivation of the requester nor her or his use of the information or documents creates any restrictions. Shlansky v. City of Burlington, 2010 VT 90, ¶ 11, 13 A.3d 1075, 1080-81 (Vt. 2010); Finberg v. Murnane, 159 Vt. 431, 437, 623 A.2d 979, 983 (Vt. 1992). However, if records are sought by a party for use in a pending or ongoing litigation, they will likely be exempt from disclosure as “relevant to litigation” under 1 V.S.A. § 317(c)(14). See Wesco Inc. v. Sorrell, 2004 VT 102, ¶ 17, 865 A.2d 350, 356 (Vt. 2004).

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  • Wisconsin

    Nothing in the statutes or case law prevents an individual from requesting records on behalf of a third party or organization. See Wis. Stat. § 19.35(1)(am).

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