IRRRB relies on data to operate its programs and provide services, and the public has a right to know about agency activities. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, per Minn. Stat. §13, gives everyone the right to inspect (look at) and have copies of public data that state agencies keep. This guide explains how to use these rights.
The law presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data are not public. "Government data" means all recorded information a government entity has, including paper, email, CD-ROMs, photographs, etc.
We must keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for you, as a member of the public, to access public data. You have the right to inspect—free of charge—all public data that we keep. You also have the right to get copies of public data, but we are allowed to charge for copies.
To look at data or to request copies of data that we keep, you must make a written request. You may use the Information Request Form (pdf). If you choose not to use the form, your written request should include:
Upon receiving your written request, we will work to process it:
We are not required to create or collect new data in response to a data request if we do not already have the data, or to provide data in a specific form or arrangement if we do not keep the data in that form or arrangement (for example, if the data you request are only on paper, we are not required to create electronic documents to respond to your request). In addition, we are not required to answer questions that are not requests for data.