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tell us about a time you had trouble accessing records in the state of alabama.
Who did you ask for records?
Alabama Department of Public Safety or other state agency, your local police or sheriff's department, water board, city council or county commission, etc.)
What kind of records/documents did you ask for?
(e.g. city council work meeting minutes, court record, police department policy, animal control policies, a specific city or county law, etc.)
Why were these records/documents important for you to have?
Did the government body respond?
If so, how long did it take?
Did the government body tell you you'd have to pay for the records/documents? If so, how much?
If you could not afford to pay it, did the government body offer to give you what you asked for at little to no cost or for free?
Were you able to get the information/records/documents you requested?
If no or partly, why?
How did this process make you feel?
Was it difficult to get the information/records/documents?
If yes, tell us more:
Would you support a state law that requires more access to government records to make it easier for people like you to obtain government records at a reasonable rate and in a reasonable time?
How did you hear about us?
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
May a member of the local or state media contact you to share your story with their audiences?
May a member of the Alabama Sunlight Coalition contact you to obtainany additional information?
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