Legal Scales Requests for Public Records

Requests for information to ISDA generally fall into two categories: general information request or public records request.

A general information request includes, but is not limited to, information pertaining to how ISDA operates and requests for copies of agency policies, forms, procedures, pamphlets, booklets, and other printed information designed for distribution. Much of this general information is already provided on this website for your convenience, and can be found either by reviewing one or more of the general areas of interests listed on our homepage or by using the search tool found at the top of each webpage.

Request for general information can also be made and/or answered by a phone call to ISDA or by sending an email to info@agri.idaho.gov.

A public records request includes, but is not limited to, written documents and electronic files containing information relating to the conduct or administration of the public's business prepared, owned, used or retained by ISDA. Under the Idaho Public Records Law, Idaho Code §§ 9-337 through 9-350, the public can request in writing to examine or copy these types of public records.

The Idaho Public Records Law relates to the disclosure of information by all state and local government entities. There is a presumption that all records maintained by public agencies are open to the public for inspection and copying at all reasonable times, unless the information is specifically exempted from disclosure by law. The Idaho Public Records Law does not require state agencies to provide multiple copies of the same document.

While most agency records are available to the public, certain records may be withheld from disclosure due to specific exemptions to public disclosure in the Public Records Law.

An email request may be submitted to PublicRecordRequest@agri.idaho.gov, and must contain a name, mailing address, email address and telephone. The telephone number will be used to clarify the request should there be any questions. In order to ensure that email requests are answered in a timely manner, all email requests must be sent to this email address.

Request to Examine and/or Copy Public Records (.pdf)

Idaho Public Records Law Manual (Office of the Attorney General, 2009) (.pdf)

Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Public Records Request Policy (.pdf)

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