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Here is a list of major FOIA court decisions and their effect on the Montana Public Records Act.
(The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon to the right of the Year heading)

" Year Precedent
Becky v. Butte-Silver Bow Sch. Dist. 1 1995 This case defined public writings as "documents generated or maintained by a public body which are somehow related to the function and duties of that body."[1]
Bryan v. Yellowstone County Elementary School District No. 2 2002 This case established a number of important precedents:
  1. Advisory boards, created to serve a public purpose, are public bodies subject to the Montana Public Records Act.
  2. Decision-making processes which are directly affected by violations of the right to know/participate can be voided by court action.
Common Cause v. Statutory Committee 1994 This case established the definition of public body as "a group of individuals organized for a governmental or public purpose."[2]
Great Falls Tribune Co. Inc. v. Day 1998 This case established that bid proposals could not remain sealed because neither the corporation nor the public body held any reasonable expectation of privacy.
Great Falls Tribune v. Public Schools 1992
Missoulian v. Board of Regents 1984

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