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  Archived Posts From: 2018

10001-declarations

18-IB03 1/10/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Thomas Fowler re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Written on: January 12th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that DNREC violated FOIA by denying his request for a legal opinion provided by a Deputy Attorney General to its client, DNREC on the basis that the record was exempted pursuant to the attorney-client privilege. DECIDED: DNREC did not violate FOIA as alleged.


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18-IB02 1/10/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Ms. Shannon Marvel and Mr. Craig O’Donnell re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Division of Public Health

Written on: January 12th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioners alleged that the Division of Public Health violated FOIA by withholding certain categories of information from the Office of Animal Welfare call log. During the pendency of the petition, DPH provided certain additional categories of information, but maintained that the remaining redactions were proper pursuant to the investigatory exemption. DECIDED: As DPH ultimately provided certain categories of information, DPH violated FOIA by not providing those categories in the first instance or, in the alternative, indicating that additional time was needed. However, no remediation was recommended because the information had already been provided. DPH did not violate FOIA by redacting the remaining categories of information pursuant to the investigatory files exemption.


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18-IB01 1/2/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. La Mar Gunn re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Department of Insurance

Written on: January 3rd, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Department of Insurance violated FOIA by not providing a copy of its employee manual when Petitioner hand-delivered a written request for the document that same day. DECIDED: No FOIA violation was found. This Office does not interpret FOIA to require a public body to provide immediate in-person access to records upon receipt of a written request.


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17-IB66 12/29/2017 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Dan Kramer re: FOIA Complaint Concerning Sussex County Council

Written on: January 3rd, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that his request for a copy of a motion made at a Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was improperly denied. DECIDED: No FOIA violation was found. Under the circumstances specific to this case, the document used by the speaker to make the motion (which was captured in audio and video recordings that were provided to Petitioner pursuant to a separate FOIA request) were appropriately considered to be personal notes and not a public record under FOIA.


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