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|Submitted||Oct. 19, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to North Dakota Constitution, Article XI, Section 6, and the North Dakota Open Records Statute, N.D.C.C. § 44-04-18(1), I hereby request the following records:
The data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used by this agency to document maternal deaths. Materials responsive to this portion of this request should include reference to the data elements collected by this department and should not include any personal information. Please feel free to redact any personally-identifying information.
If any clarification is necessary, please feel free to call the MuckRock Office at 617-299-1832.
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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.
To Whom It May Concern,
The North Dakota Department of Health received your request for maternal death data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent framework used to document maternal deaths. However, information related to deaths is not subject to open records and therefore your request is denied.
Darin Meschke, State Registrar
Director, Division of Vital Records
ND Department of Health
Thanks for getting back to me. I understand that death certificates are not public records, but I am just requesting the data fields that the Department of Health tracks, not the data itself from the death certificates. Please let me know if further clarification is needed. Thanks!
Our data fields are also not subject to open records.
Can I ask under which statute data fields are not subject to open records?
Sure. NDCC 23-02.1-27