Public Records Request Log - Montana Attorney General's Office

Erik Peterson filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General of Montana of Montana.
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From: Erik Peterson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana's Constitution, Article II, § 9, I hereby request the following records:

A log of public records requests submitted to the Attorney General's office that lists the date of request, the requester's name, the requester's organizational affiliation, a description of the request and the date the request was filled. Ideally I would like this information for the period from 2004 to the present.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is made in the process of academic research 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.

Sincerely,

Erik Peterson
PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

From: Barnes, John

Mr. Peterson:

The Montana Attorney General’s Office does not maintain a log of public records requests. We can put together such a log going back as far as January 7, 2013, which is when the current administration took office.

We estimate a cost of $189.83 to fulfill your request (8 hours @ $25.31 per hour after the first half-hour, pursuant to policy).

You must agree in writing to the estimated cost prior to work on the request starting. If the costs are projected to exceed the estimated cost, you must agree in writing to pay the new estimated cost before work continues. Payment for records requests must be received by the Department of Justice and the check cleared prior to the release of the information.

Please let me know how you wish to proceed.

Sincerely,

John Barnes
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

From: Erik Peterson

Hello John,

Thank you for your response. I agree to the cost of $189.83 and will pay that amount for the documents I requested.

Erik

From: Barnes, John

Mr. Peterson:

Please send a check payable to the Montana Department of Justice to:

John Barnes
Attorney General’s Office
215 N Sanders, Third Floor
PO Box 201401
Helena, MT 59620-1401

Once received, we will advise on a likely timeframe for fulfilling your request.

Thank you,
John

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John Barnes
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

From: Erik Peterson

Great, thank you John.

I will put the check in the mail later today.

Erik

From: Barnes, John

Erik:

Apologies for the delay in responding.

We did receive your check and will begin processing your records request. At this point I don’t have a firm estimate on the timeframe, but we hope to have this complete within 2-4 weeks.

Thanks,
John

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John Barnes
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

From: Barnes, John

Erik:

I just wanted to give you an update that we’re nearly complete with your request. I’ve asked our fiscal division to deposit your check and will be sending you an electronic file within the next few days. Thank you for your patience.

Regards,
John

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John Barnes
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

From: Barnes, John

Mr. Peterson:

The record you requested is attached.

Thank you,
John

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John Barnes
Director of Communications
Montana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

From: Erik Peterson

Great, thanks for sending.

Erik

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