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1 Are electronic records subject to the Open Records Law? Administrator 7184
2 I sent an open records request more than a week ago and I haven't received a response. What should I do? Administrator 6985
3 How much can a governmental entity charge for copies of records requested under the Open Records Law? Administrator 9796
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 10813
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 8327
6 Are public employee personnel records open to the public? Administrator 9761
7 Can custodians impose a sales tax on records requests? Administrator 4369
8 Are juvenile records always closed to the public? Administrator 20275
9 Can I request to just view records if I do not want copies? Administrator 4998
10 What do I need to include in a written open records request? Administrator 6209
11 Why should I make an open records request in writing? Administrator 10439
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 9213