Emails related to BDS Bills

Russel Neiss filed this request with the Office of the Governor - Iowa of Iowa.

It is a clone of this request.

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Communications

From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law (Code Chapter 22), I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any email communications with Governor Terry Branstad, Ted Stopulos, or Michael Bousselot, from September 1, 2015 to the present including the words: "BDS", or "SF 2281", or "HF 2331", or "Senate File 2281", or "House File 2331"

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.

Sincerely,

Russel Neiss

From: Smith, Colin [IGOV]

Russel,

Thank you for submitting your open records request.

It is my understanding that you are requesting: "All emails to Governor Terry Branstad, Ted Stopulous, and Michael Bousselot, dated between September 1, 2015 and October 5, 2016, that include the search terms: 'BDS,' SF 2281,' 'HF 2331,' Senate File 2281,' or 'House File 2331."

Our office policy is to provide the first ten (10) pages of any copied document(s) free of charge. Any additional pages exceeding those initial ten (10) copied pages will require a fee of ten cents ($0.10) per page. Also, we provide three (3) free hours of staff review time regarding any documents requested. Over and above those initial three (3) free hours, a fee of thirty-three dollars ($33.00) per hour will be assessed.

Please confirm that my understanding of your open records request criteria is correct, and that your understand and accept our office's open records charging policy.

I look forward to your response.

Thanks,

-Colin

Colin C. Smith
Deputy Legal Counsel
Office of the Governor
& Lt. Governor of Iowa
#(515)725-3516
Colin.Smith@Iowa.Gov<mailto:Colin.Smith@Iowa.Gov>

Email correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the Iowa Public Records Law, Code of Iowa Chapter 22, and may be disclosed to third parties.

From: Russel Neiss

Thank you for your response, and forgive my delay in replying.

1. It's my understanding that the Iowa Public Records Law, Code of Iowa Chapter 22 section 3.3 indicates that the fee for the "copying service of records shall not exceed the actual cost of providing the service." Given that these documents are digital to begin with, and I'm asking for them in digital format can you let me know how that per page fee is calculated.

2. As per the Attorney General's Nov 1, 2006 Sunshine Advisory (https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/about-us/sunshine-advisories/estimating-costs-for-public-record-requests/) I would respectfully request that you perform the initial search and let me know how many pages of documentation there are so that you can estimate the review time and a more complete financial estimate of the total cost of the request can be provided.

Thank you for your time and your anticipated assistance,

Russel Neiss

From: Smith, Colin [IGOV]

Russel,

Our office would only charge for the actual costs of production per our office policy and in accordance with the Iowa Code. Per your request, I will have a preliminary search run by the technology office to determine how many "hits" may come back. Once I have those numbers, I will provide them to you so that you can determine how you would like to proceed.

Thanks,

-Colin

Colin C. Smith
Deputy Legal Counsel
Office of the Governor
& Lt. Governor of Iowa
#(515)725-3516
Colin.Smith@Iowa.Gov<mailto:Colin.Smith@Iowa.Gov>

Email correspondence to and from this address may be subject to the Iowa Public Records Law, Code of Iowa Chapter 22, and may be disclosed to third parties.

From: Smith, Colin [IGOV]

Russel,

The technology office has informed me that approximately 40 email hits have been returned for this search as constructed. It is highly unlikely that any charges would be assessed in regards to this request if it were to move forward.

Please let me know how you would like our office to proceed.

Thanks,
-Colin

From: Russel Neiss

Hi Colin,

Yes please, let's move forward.

Thank you so much.

Best,
Russel

From: Smith, Colin [IGOV]

Russel,

Per your direction, we will begin processing your request.

Thank you,
-Colin

From: Smith, Colin

Russel,

We are processing your request and it should be ready shortly. I would
anticipate that it will be ready in the next few days. I will notify you
when it is ready.

Thank you,
-Colin

From: Smith, Colin

Russel,

Your open records request is ready for pick-up in our office. Our office
is located in the state capitol building in G-9.

Our office policy is to provide the first ten (10) pages of any copied
document(s) free of charge. Any additional pages exceeding those initial
ten (10) copied pages will require a fee of ten cents ($0.10) per page.
Also, we provide three (3) free hours of staff review time regarding any
documents requested. Over and above those initial three (3) free hours, a
fee of thirty-three dollars ($33.00) per hour will be assessed.

If you choose to have your request mailed to you, please contact Christina
Bettini at #515-725-3517 or Christina.Bettini@Iowa.gov. Thank you.

-Colin

Colin C. Smith
Deputy Legal Counsel

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