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Types of Requests?

There are two ways to gain access to a public record – inspecting the record at the local agency’s offices, or obtaining a copy from the local agency. The local agency may not dictate to the requester which option must be used. That is the requester’s decision. Indeed, a requester does not have to choose between inspection and copying but instead can choose both options. For example, a requester may first inspect a set of records, and then, based on that review, decide which records should be copied. Thus, the custodian may impose reasonable restrictions on general requests for copies of voluminous classes of documents.6

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