Mask Mandates (Office of the Governor - Alaska)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Office of the Governor - Alaska of Alaska.
Multi Request Mask Mandates
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Alaska Public Records Act, 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, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Office of the Governor - Alaska

This request, falls under 40.25.115, Electronic Records Production which involves production of a cost estimate prior to a search being conducted, and payment of that cost estimate prior to records production. Your organization is a commercial enterprise which charges requestors to submit requests on their behalf and therefore not eligible to receive a fee waiver.

Additionally, this request is overly broad and non-specific relative to email accounts to be searched. There are over 200 employees attributed to the Office of the Governor and it would be overly burdensome to try and search all of those accounts.

Please let me know if you are interested in receiving a cost estimate.

Angela Hull
Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Chief Public Records Officer
Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy