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Freedom of Access Act

Disclaimer: 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.

The Maine Freedom of Access Act

Please note that any information sent via email could be considered public records and are therefore subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Access Act.

State Freedom of Access Act Contacts

Statutory Exceptions to Maine's Freedom of Access Act

In Maine, there are over 300 statutory exceptions to the Freedom of Access Act’s definition of a public record. Many of these exceptions specifically designate a certain type of record, or a class of information within a record, as confidential or otherwise not subject to the Freedom of Access laws. For example, 22 M.R.S.A. s. 1711-C (2) specifically provides that an individual’s health care information is confidential and cannot be disclosed unless authorized by that individual. Consequently, this information will not be subject to a Freedom of Access request.
A search tool maintained by the Maine Legislative Council on behalf of the Maine Right to Know Advisory Committee has been developed that allows you to search by keyword or category for statutory exceptions to the Freedom of Access Law.

You can access the search tool at

  Madawaska FOAA Officer
Denise Duperré
328 St. Thomas St, Suite 101
Madawaska, ME 04756
Tel: (207) 728-6351

What should I say in my request?

In order to promptly respond to your request, you should be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking.  If a particular document is required, it should be identified precisely—preferably by author, date and title. 
However, a request does not have to be that specific. If you cannot identify a specific record, you should clearly explain the type of records you are seeking, from what timeframe and what subject the records should contain.