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Questions about government Freedom of Information laws.

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Do I need permission to publish a FOI response in a blog post or open letter?

I recently submitted a FOI request to my local council, and had a response. Part of the response stated the following: You are free to use this information for your own use, including for non-...
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Specific meaning of “or that is either” in an Arizona law

I was reading through ARS 15-1640 and it mentions (emphasis mine): A. The following records of a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents are exempt from title 39, ...
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Does legislation around government transparency (e.g. FOIA or Sunshine ordinances) apply to public sector hiring processes?

Can Civil Service applicants be required to sign confidentiality agreements regarding the application and interview process? Can FOIA/Sunshine requests enjoin government offices to disclose present ...
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Are state marriage records publicly accessible online?

Are state marriage records publicly accessible online? Is there a database (free or subscription-only) where such information can be found?
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Is this proper use of a FOIA request?

Assume someone wants to rent a townhouse but doesn't have good enough credit. So this person asks a co-signer to co-sign for the townhouse. The co-signer lives across the country so travel to the ...
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Legal Status of Selective Service Records Regarding Conscientious Objection

What is the legal status of conscientious objector forms in the US draft? Specifically, are records regarding specific individuals' conscientious objector applications subject to FOIA, and are they ...
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Are schools required to disclose accurate results of random drug searches?

I go to a school which has a serious problem with underage vape usage. The police sometimes conducts random drug searches, and after every search, parents are informed via email. Each email has ...
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Why does “Day 1” of the 20-day response time limit for FOIA requests begin the day AFTER agency receipt of a request?

Why does "Day 1" of the 20-day response time limit for FOIA requests begin the day AFTER [the proper component in an] agency receives a perfected request? I understand that under Rule 6 of the ...
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Are search warrants public records?

Are search warrants public records? Does it matter whether an investigation ended up resulting in a prosecution? If so, does it matter whether the case goes to trial? If so, does it matter whether the ...
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Does the freedom of information act allow for bulk data requests?

The freedom of information act in my state (Michigan) seems to be written in a way that favor's "per record" requests. However, in order to show a trend in one direction or another bulk data must be ...
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Are lawsuit records publicly available?

I was a witness in a trial back in 2012, representing the plaintiff who was fired illegally. https://www.kafourymcdougal.com/a-washington-county-jury-awards-nearly-1-million-to-esd-whistleblower-2012-...
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Verification of a contract

A university has a contract with the government. Does a university need to confirm the existence of a contract when the third party asks?
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Are lawsuit depositions public record?

Are the video files of recorded depositions for lawsuits by both the plaintiff and defendant(s) public record? and can I make a FOIA request to obtain these video files?
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Obtaining public records in Canada

I would like to obtain minutes of Board of Trustee meetings from a federal charity organization in Canada. I know how to do that in the U.S. How does one do it in Canada? Is this something that ...
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FOIA request and Commercial use - Sales Tax info

I was considering doing a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request and noticed the stipulation about putting the information gained to commercial use. That seems maybe a little broadly worded, ...
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PA Right to Know Law : could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former resident of the town?

This specifically concerns Right to Know Law in the State of Pennsylvania Under PA Right to Know law, could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former ...
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Can Donald Trump's Tax Returns be obtained through a Freedom of Information Request?

The IRS, which is part Federal Government clearly has copies of Donald Trump's Tax Returns. Can these be obtained through a Freedom of Information request, given the public's legitimate interest in ...
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FOIA for legal fees?

I would like to find out how much my school district is paying a private lawyer to work on a particular matter. Can I use FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) or a similar state statute for this ...
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What does it take to get an “advisory opinion” out of my public access ombudsman?

According to statute, my state has a public access ombudsman who is to oversee the state's freedom of access laws. (Kind of like the FOIA at the federal level.) According to statute the ombudsman: ...
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Questions disguised as FOIA requests

I was reading an opinion in HUDGINS V. I.R.S., (D.D.C. 1985) regarding the ruling that the government is not required to answer "questions disguised as FOIA requests." https://casetext.com/case/...
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What is privileged against discovery?

I'm reading a "public records exception" to my state's Freedom of Access Law. One says: Public records. The term "public records" means any written, printed or graphic matter or any mechanical or ...
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Does the right against self incrimination have any bearing on FOIA requests?

Does the right against self incrimination have any bearing on FOIA requests? I mean, if I request something from a government official, and the documents relate to criminal activity or theoretically ...