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  Archived Posts From: 2017

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17-IB65 12/29/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. George Flowers re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the City of Wilmington

Written on: December 29th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the City of Wilmington failed to respond to his FOIA request. DECIDED: The City violated FOIA by not responding within 15 business days. However, as the City has since responded, no remediation was recommended.


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17-IB64 12/22/2017 re: Exclusions ofLocal Operating Expenditures under 14 Del. C. §§ 408 & 509

Written on: December 22nd, 2017 in Opinions

Department of Justice received a request from the Delaware Department of Education for an opinion regarding the application of the formula contained in Title 14, Sections 408(d) and 509(e) of the Delaware Code to “match tax” expenditures that are funded by taxes levied by local school boards under authority granted by 14 Del. C. § 1902(b).


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17-IB63 12/20/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Ms. Sarah Bucic re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Written on: December 20th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner requested a determination of whether the Climate Change Conference held by DNREC was required to adhere to FOIA’s open meetings provisions. DECIDED: No FOIA violation was found. This Office determined that the conference was not a meeting of a public body subject to FOIA’s open meetings provisions.


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17-IB62 12/15/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Frank “Dan” Cannon re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the City of Seaford

Written on: December 18th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Seaford City Council violated FOIA by failing to provide sufficient notice of an agenda item. Specifically, the Council quoted the name of an ordinance but did not include the language “right to work” in the agenda item. DECIDED: This Office found no FOIA violation. The agenda item met the minimum standard of a “general statement of the major issues expected to be discussed.” The possibility that more descriptive language could have been used instead does not constitute a violation.


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17-IB61 12/5/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Craig O’Donnell re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Delaware Emergency Management Agency

Written on: December 13th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that DEMA withheld records showing the inventory of military equipment held by the Dewey Beach Police Department that the Petitioner had requested. DEMA responded that inventory records are only kept on a real-time third-party database and that it had provided all records responsive to the request in DEMA’s possession. DECIDED: This Office found no violation.


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17-IB60 11/21/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Craig O’Donnell re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Delaware Department of Transportation

Written on: December 4th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that DelDOT violated FOIA by redacting contact information for individuals who submitted electronic Road Condition Reports pursuant to Section 10002(l)(3). DECIDED: No FOIA violation was found.


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17-IB59 11/20/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Daniel Kramer re: FOIA Complaint Concerning Sussex County Council

Written on: December 4th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Sussex County Council improperly redacted executive session minutes pursuant to Section 10004(b)(2) on the basis that real estate negotiations remain ongoing and releasing the redacted information would defeat the lawful purpose of the executive session. DECIDED: No FOIA violation was found.


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17-IB58 11/15/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Peter Kostyshyn re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the New Castle County Register of Wills

Written on: November 15th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the New Castle County Register of Wills (Register of Wills) violated FOIA by sending its response to the Petitioner’s FOIA request to his prior prison address, rather than his current prison address, and by failing to provide a timely response. DECIDED: The Register of Wills provided a timely response to the Petitioner’s FOIA request and committed, at most, a technical violation by not sending the response to the most current address as indicated on the request. However, no remediation was recommended, as the record demonstrated that the Petitioner had received the response. To the extent the Petitioner alleged that the Register of Wills violated FOIA by failing to send hard copies of the request records, the opinion noted that FOIA only requires a public body to make records available for inspection and copying, but does not require the public body to send hard copies.


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17-IB57 10/24/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Randall Chase re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the State Aid to Local Law Enforcement Committee

Written on: October 25th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the State Aid to Local Law Enforcement Committee (SALLE) violated FOIA by noticing an intent to convene an executive session for an improper purpose. The SALLE had noticed an intent to convene an executive session to discuss the contents of non-public documents; specifically, investigatory files. DECIDED: The SALLE noticed a proper purpose for an executive session and there was no evidence that the discussion itself was improper or exceeded the scope of the permissible purpose. The SALLE met with an investigator to discuss the status of an active investigation into potential misappropriation or misuse of funds, which includes a review of applications and related documentation.


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17-IB56 10/12/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Cpl. Brandon Dunning re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Town of Smyrna

Written on: October 13th, 2017 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that his request for documents related to an investigation was improperly denied in part. DECIDED: The record denied to Petitioner was properly denied because it is exempt from public disclosure under the attorney work-product doctrine pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 10002(1)(6).


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