Mask Mandates (Office of the Governor)

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Montana Freedom of Information 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.


Emma North-Best

From: Office of the Governor

October 12, 2021

Ms. North-Best,

Thank you for contacting the Governor's Office. My apologies for the delay in responding-I recently noticed that the state's screening system automatically moved your organization's email messages in the spam folder.

The legal unit will evaluate the availability of related records and we'll get back to you.


Guylaine Gelinas

Administrative Specialist | Extradition Coordinator

Legal Office | Office of the Governor | State of Montana

(406) 444-5553 |<>


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