• Freedom of Information Act

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes a citizen's legal right to access government records and information upon request. Citizens may submit requests for Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) public records under FOIA by making a request, in writing, with the BWL FOIA Coordinator. The BWL FOIA Coordinator follows certain guidelines when responding to FOIA requests.  

    All FOIA requests must be in writing, and must be clearly identified as FOIA Requests.  You may download and use the FOIA Request Form to submit your request. Make sure to describe the record(s) in detail so they can be located.

    Contact Us:

    By mail:

    Lansing Board of Water & Light
    Attn: FOIA Coordinator
    1201 S. Washington Ave
    Brandie F. Ekren, Esq.
    P.O. Box 13007
    Lansing, Michigan 48910-1650
     

    Mailbox

    By email:

    foiarequests@lbwl.com
      

      
     Email

    » Lansing Board of Water and Light Freedom of Information Procedure and Guidelines

    » Lansing Board of Water and Light written public summary of FOIA Procedure and Guidelines


    FOIA Responses:  

    The FOIA statute allows BWL five (5) working days to respond to a FOIA request. An extension of an additional ten (10) days is allowed under the statute, in certain circumstances, including, where BWL has to search, collect, examine or review a voluminous amount of public records. Please note that not all documents are freely available under the FOIA statute; certain documents are not available to the public.

    Costs of FOIA Responses: 

    FOIA responses and information are freely available (within set guidelines) but they are not free to obtain; usually, you must pay for the costs of finding, processing, copying and mailing the requested material. The costs of locating and reproducing documents will vary depending on the type and number of documents requested. If the charge is expected to exceed $50, the BWL will notify you by letter before proceeding to fill your request. Charges for time spent on FOIA responses are based on the pay rate of the lowest paid capable FOIA responder.

    Under certain circumstances, those who are indigent may request that fees for FOIA responses be waived. If you feel the FOIA fee should be waived for your request, please note that you must request this in writing at the time the FOIA request is submitted, and be prepared to provide proof of your indigent status before you receive any documents.

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