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Any person may ask to inspect, copy, or receive a copy of a public records. There are no qualifications such as residency or age that must be met in order to make a request. In general, all records, except those specifically cited as exceptions, are covered by the Freedom of Information Act.
The act applies to any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostatting, photographing, photocopying, and every other means of recording. The city must respond to a request for a public record within five business days. The city can notify the requester in writing and extend the time limit by 10 days.
A government agency can charge a fee, but it must be limited to actual duplication, mailing, and clerical labor costs.