SPJ NorCal, First Amendment Coalition Publish CPRA Response Template For Requesters Facing Delayed Access

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Contact: SPJ NorCal FOI Committee at spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com

Some state and local entities in California have stopped responding to requests made under the Public Records Act amid changes to operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency. SPJ NorCal, along with the First Amendment Coalition and numerous other advocacy groups, issued a joint statement on March 23 urging governments to commit to transparency and follow state law.

Below is a sample response letter that journalists and members of the public can submit to a government entity which has refused to process a CPRA request citing delays related to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Sample PRA Response Letter