Alaska FOIA procedures
Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Alaska. To read the history and details of Alaska’s sunshine laws please see Alaska Public Records Act
How to request public records in Alaska
The act is silent as to whom to submit public records within each department and does not require agencies to promote a specific public records custodian.
Purpose and use
There are no restrictions on the use of records and the act explicitly denies public bodies the right to ask the requester his purpose in requesting the records. The act however, does permit a public body to ask the requester if he or she is involved in litigation with the state, and if he or she is, then require them to obtain the documents in question through court procedures and not open records requests.
Who may request records?
Alaska law does not proscribe who may request public documents.
- See also: How much do public records cost?
The "fee for copying public records may not exceed the standard unit cost of duplication established by the public agency." However, if a single requester asks for documents that take more than five hours of staff time to compile per month, the governmental agency may require that personnel costs be paid by the requester. These personnel costs may not exceed the actual salary and benefit costs for the time used to compile the documents.
If a fee waiver is "in the public interest" fees may be reduced or eliminated completely.
- See also: Request response times by state
The public records statute does not define a time within which records requests must be answered.
There are multiple exemptions to the Alaska Public Records Act. To see a detailed list, go here: Exemptions to the Alaska Public Records Act.
- Alaska Public Records Law section 40.25.110(a), (b) and (d)
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