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The Act (29 Delaware Code, Chapter 100) establishes that "it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner" and that "it is vital that citizens have easy access to public records in order that the society remain free and democratic."
Passed in the 146th General Assembly and signed by Governor Markell on October 20, 2011, requires that a standard form for requests under the Act be made available to the public.
Be as specific as you can, describing types of records, dates, parties to correspondence, subject matter, etc. The public body will make every reasonable effort to assist you in identifying the record being sought. Requests for voluminous records may be delayed
There may be costs involved in responding to your request. The public body can require you to examine the records at the office of the public body. Refer to the public body policy or regulations for information about costs and access to records.
Within 15 business days from receipt of your request the public body must either provide you with access to the records, deny your request, or state that additional time is needed.
Under Delaware's Freedom of Information Act, 29 Delaware Code Sections 10001 to 10006 (FOIA), a FOIA request or petition, along with any information contained therein or any documents attached thereto, submitted to any "public body" subject to FOIA, including, without limitation, any board, bureau, commission, department, agency or committee of the State, may itself be deemed a "public record" subject to disclosure under FOIA.
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