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{{tnr}}{{WikiFOIA (Sunshine Review)}}Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in [[Minnesota]].  To read the history and details of Minnesota’s sunshine laws please see [[Minnesota Data Practices Act]]
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Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in [[Minnesota (Sunshine Review)]].  To read the history and details of Minnesota’s sunshine laws please see [[Minnesota Data Practices Act]]
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==How to request public records in Minnesota==
 
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:: ''See also: [[List of who can make public record requests by state]]''
 
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Anyone may request public records in [[Minnesota (Sunshine Review)]]. They are also entitled to have the data explained to them if they don't understand it. A "person shall be permitted to inspect and copy public government data". <ref> [https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=13.03 ''Minnesota Statutes''], 13.03(a)</ref>
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Anyone may request public records in [[Minnesota]]. They are also entitled to have the data explained to them if they don't understand it. A "person shall be permitted to inspect and copy public government data."<ref> [https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=13.03 ''Minnesota Statutes''], 13.03(a)</ref>
  
 
==Fees==
 
==Fees==
 
:: ''See also: [[How much do public records cost?]] ''
 
:: ''See also: [[How much do public records cost?]] ''
  
While the law indicates that there shall be no fees for inspection of records, it allows for the charging of fees when someone requests a copy of the records.  These fees can include the cost of duplication as well as the labor costs involved in the search.  However, they cannot charge for the separation of public and private data. However, if the records are intended for commercial purposes an additional fee may be charged. <ref name="DPA">Minnesota Statute 13.03.3.B, D</ref>
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While the law indicates that there shall be no fees for inspection of records, it allows for the charging of fees when someone requests a copy of the records.  These fees can include the cost of duplication as well as the labor costs involved in the search.  However, they cannot charge for the separation of public and private data. However, if the records are intended for commercial purposes an additional fee may be charged.<ref name="DPA">Minnesota Statute 13.03.3.B, D</ref>
  
 
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There is no response time specified in the Minnesota law.  
 
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*  [[Minnesota Data Practices Act]]
 
*  [[Minnesota Data Practices Act]]
 
*  [[Minnesota Open Meeting Law]]
 
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Each state varies slightly in the procedures used to gain access to public documents. This article serves to describe specifically the steps used in Minnesota. To read the history and details of Minnesota’s sunshine laws please see Minnesota Data Practices Act

How to request public records in Minnesota

The act requires that all public agencies designate an official records custodian in order to manage records requests. Records requests should be directed to this individual or any individual he or she designates to help with records.

Purpose and use

Nothing in the law requires a statement of purpose, but it does however place a restriction on the use of records. The act states that if a commercial use is intended, the government agency may charge an additional fee.

Who may request public records?

See also: List of who can make public record requests by state

Anyone may request public records in Minnesota. They are also entitled to have the data explained to them if they don't understand it. A "person shall be permitted to inspect and copy public government data."[1]

Fees

See also: How much do public records cost?

While the law indicates that there shall be no fees for inspection of records, it allows for the charging of fees when someone requests a copy of the records. These fees can include the cost of duplication as well as the labor costs involved in the search. However, they cannot charge for the separation of public and private data. However, if the records are intended for commercial purposes an additional fee may be charged.[2]

Response time

See also: Request response times by state

There is no response time specified in the Minnesota law.

See also

External links

References

  1. Minnesota Statutes, 13.03(a)
  2. Minnesota Statute 13.03.3.B, D