Q: What do I need to include in a written open records request?
A: While there are no specific language requirements for an open records request, section 19.35(1)(h), Stats. provides that a request should reasonably describe the desired record or information. While the request should be broad enough to encompass all records that you seek, a request without reasonable subject matter and/or time limitations may be denied as overly broad. Excessively broad requests can also lead to substantial charges for locating and copying records. See sec. 19.35(3)(a), Stats.
Please visit the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council (FOIC) Web site to view a template of a request letter.
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