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How is the theme chosen for each year's National FOI Day?
 
Does the First Amendment guarantee a general 'right of access' to government information?
 
Who can file a FOIA request?
 
How long does it take to get information under FOIA?
 
Can I request information from my congressman through FOIA?
 
What information cannot be obtained through FOIA?
 
How do you appeal a denial of information under FOIA?
 
How can I find out more about the open-records act in my state, and file a state or local FOI request?
 
 

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press publishes The Open Government Guide, a guide to each state’s open-meetings and open-records laws. Also see the Reporters Committee's FOI resources.

Similar information can be found at the Web site of the Marion Brechner Citizens Access Project.

Most states have FOI offices or officers within individual agencies, so it may be expedient to call the agency governing your area of interest.

When you know the address for the agency whose information you seek, see the Student Press Law Center's FOI request letter generator.

The Reporters Committee also has a user-friendly letter generator on its Web site. It prompts you for all relevant information about your request and drafts the letter for you, then allows you to edit it before saving or printing. You must e-mail or mail it yourself.

 
 
Must a federal agency produce records in an electronic format if asked to?
 
What are open-meetings laws?
 
Aren’t open-meetings laws unconstitutional? After all, don’t they infringe upon the speech of the members of governing bodies?
 
How do states deal with violations of open-meetings laws?
 
Many states and municipalities are now webcasting public meetings. Can they forbid reproduction of the meeting videos by members of the public?
 
Are city councils and similar public bodies required to have periods for public comment at meetings?
 
How can I find out more about the open-meetings act in my state?
 
Can public officials violate state open-meetings laws by sending e-mails?
 
Do state open-meeting laws specifically address e-mail communications?
 
Do court transcripts fall under FOI? Can they be withheld from litigants?
 
Are states making court records available electronically for the public?
 
Does the public have access to documents such as water-quality, toxic-waste and bridge-safety reports?
 
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