|July 27, 2014
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to Montana's Constitution, Article II, § 9, I hereby request the following records:
Copies of all "Request and Justification for out-of-state travel" forms submitted in 2013, and to the most recent date possible in 2014, by employees of the Montana Department of Corrections.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Attached are the out-of-state travel forms for the Department of Corrections, beginning July 2012 – the start of the state fiscal year.
The department did not have a central file for these, so staff had to go through training records, which took considerable time. While we do not plan to charge you for this request, the department will need to charge for future FOI requests of this magnitude.
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Corrections