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COEUR D'ALENE -- Elected officials in northern Idaho's Kootenai County say the county is being overwhelmed with public records requests.

Commissioner Todd Tondee told the Coeur d'Alene Press that county employees are struggling to keep track of the requests, meet deadlines for responding and provide good customer service.

Tondee says routine requests are no problem, but some require legal review because they seek information that's sensitive or exempt under Idaho's Public Records law. He says sometimes identical requests are sent to several county departments, and it's not always clear which one should respond.

The commissioners are considering the best way to smooth the process, such as having a central person handle all the requests.

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