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Is there an ideal public records law among the 50 states?

Is there an ideal public records law among the 50 states?

The way you gain access to government records varies by state, but across the board requesters continue to face impediments in getting the docs. With 50 public records laws across the nation, which stand out as particularly good examples of how the process should work?

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Five "grey areas" in state public records law

Five “grey areas” in state public records law

FOIA law governs access to public records at the Federal level, but each state mandates their own public records policies. Navigating the ambiguities in these state laws can prove cumbersome and frustrating to requesters - we’ve identified particularly irksome examples, and offer tips on what you can do about them.

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FOIA FAQ: Appealing fee categories and waivers

FOIA FAQ: Appealing fee categories and waivers

Crafting an appeal can be daunting, but the results are worth it. Here’s some quick tips on what you can do to get an agency to reconsider your fee category, which can result in drastically reduced costs.

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What's the costliest public records request fee in your state?

What’s the costliest public records request fee in your state?

From million-dollar price tags to requests for a few cents, MuckRock and its users have had its fair share of FOIA fee debacles. We decided to look at our 50,000+ requests to-date and breakdown the biggest and most noteworthy in each state.

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Your FOIA fee stories this week: A tale of two email searches

Your FOIA fee stories this week: A tale of two email searches

MuckRock is currently taking submissions of your FOIA fee stories. With just one week into our crowdsource, requesters far and wide have brought their issues to the table. While submitted responses vary, overall they show major discrepancies in the FOIA fee system across the country.

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