Mask Mandates (Office of the Governor)

William Michael Marlow filed this request on behalf of Emma North-Best with the Office of the Governor of Alabama.
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alabama Public Records, I hereby request the following records:

Emails, memos, letters, documents and other records discussing or mentioning implemented or proposed mask mandate policies, as well as discussions regarding their expiration or termination between January 1, 2020 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days.

This request is filed by William Michael Marlow, a citizen of Alabama, in coordination with Emma North-Best.


Our office received your records request on September 6, 2023. Because you are not an Alabama citizen, we regret that we are unable to provide the records requested. See Ala. Code ยง 36-12-40 (1975); McBurney v. Young, 133 S. Ct. 1709 (2013).

If you are making this request on behalf of an Alabama citizen, please direct him or her to the Governor's public-records website, accessible by clicking here<>, where he or she may submit a public-records request by completing a public-records request form (here<>) and emailing it to<>. We look forward to assisting Alabama citizens through this convenient, easy-to-use webpage.

Pam Chesnutt
Special Assistant to the General Counsel

Office of Governor Kay Ivey
600 Dexter Avenue * Montgomery, AL * 36130
Office: 334-353-2833 * Fax: 334-242-2335<><>

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