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1 Are electronic records subject to the Open Records Law? Administrator 7113
2 I sent an open records request more than a week ago and I haven't received a response. What should I do? Administrator 6895
3 How much can a governmental entity charge for copies of records requested under the Open Records Law? Administrator 9432
4 Can I make an open records request for police records, such as daily arrest records or records involving an investigation? What about a district attorney's investigative files? Administrator 10606
5 Is the subject of the record always entitled to notice of the open records request under section 19.356, Stats.? If the record subject is entitled to notice, then how long will it take to get the record? Administrator 8223
6 Are public employee personnel records open to the public? Administrator 9428
7 Can custodians impose a sales tax on records requests? Administrator 4307
8 Are juvenile records always closed to the public? Administrator 19549
9 Can I request to just view records if I do not want copies? Administrator 4937
10 What do I need to include in a written open records request? Administrator 6091
11 Why should I make an open records request in writing? Administrator 10268
12 How does Wisconsin statute section 19.36(7) apply to the names of "final candidates" for public positions, such as school superintendent or police chief? Administrator 8904