Appendix

Open records request model letter

Dear [Public official]:

My client [the Associated Press] has advised me that on [date] they requested of you/your office an opportunity to inspect/copy [record/document description]. It is my understanding that you/your office denied them that right.

It is my belief that under state law [cite any statutes that might pertain] and fundamental democratic principle that such a record/document is open and should be available for public inspection and/or copying.

Finally, in order to save us all some time, I would appreciate it if you would specify any statutory or case law upon which you rely in making your decision to deny access.

I thank you for your attention to this matter.

Respectfully,

[Name]