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FOI letter

September 01, 2000

FOI sample letter

The following is a sample letter to request information from government agencies in Maryland. Be sure to sign and date the letter, address it to the proper person, and include your name and telephone number.



Name of record keeper

Street address

Town, ST zipcode

Dear record keeper:

"This is a request under the Maryland Public Information Act, State Government Article 10-611 to 628. I am making this request on behalf of my client, Wanda Know. In this capacity, I wish to inspect all records in your custody and control pertaining to the following:

(A) the denial by the Commission of the license or permit to Wanda Know which occurred on Dec. 1, 1996; and

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(B) any studies, statistics, reports, recommendations, or other records that treat in any fashion the Commission's actions, practices, or procedures concerning the granting or denial of licenses or permits during the last three fiscal years.

If all or any part of this request is denied, I request that I be provided with a written statement of the grounds for the denial. If you determine that some portions of the requested record are exempt from disclosure, please provide me with the portions that can be disclosed.

I also anticipate that I will want copies of some or all of the records sought. Therefore, please advise me as to the cost, if any, for obtaining a copy of the records and the total cost, if any, for all the records described above. If you have adopted a fee schedule for obtaining copies of records and other rules or regulations implementing the Act, please send me a copy.

I look forward to receiving disclosable records promptly and, in any event, to a decision about all of the requested records within 30 days. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding this request, please telephone me at the above number.

Sincerely,

Name

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