(a) Any denial of the right to inspect or copy records, in whole or in part provided
for under this chapter shall be made to the person or entity requesting the right
in writing giving the specific reasons for the denial within ten (10) business days
of the request and indicating the procedures for appealing the denial. Except for good cause shown, any reason not specifically set forth in the denial
shall be deemed waived by the public body.
(b) Failure to comply with a request to inspect or copy the public record within the
ten (10) business day period shall be deemed to be a denial. Except that for good cause, this limit may be extended in accordance with the provisions
of § 38-2-3(e). All copying and search and retrieval fees shall be waived if a public body fails
to produce requested records in a timely manner; provided, however, that the production
of records shall not be deemed untimely if the public body is awaiting receipt of
payment for costs properly charged under § 38-2-4.
(c) A public body that receives a request to inspect or copy records that do not exist
or are not within its custody or control shall, in responding to the request in accordance
with this chapter, state that it does not have or maintain the requested records.
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