According to the Maine Freedom of Access Act, all citizens are permitted to request certain records from the government. Not all public records are accessible, as the government of Maine strives to protect the privacy of individuals. This is a template form for making requests in Maine under the Freedom of Access Act.
Name of State Act:
Freedom of Access Act
Certain law enforcement investigation documents, records of legislature, university administrative committees
5 Business Days
We have curated some of the most commonly asked questions for you.
What are the penalties for failure to comply with the Freedom of Access Act?
A state government agency or local government entity whose officer or employee commits a willful violation of the FOAA commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of not more than $500 may be adjudged. 1 M.R.S. § 410 Under the current law, there are no criminal penalties for failure to comply with a request for public records. It is a Class D crime to intentionally remove, alter, or destroy documents belonging to a state office. 1 M.R.S. § 452
Are federal agencies covered by the Freedom of Access Act?
No. The FOAA does not apply to federal agencies operating in Maine or to federal government records. A similar but different federal statute called the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies to the federal government. This federal statute does not apply to state or local government bodies, agencies or officials.
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