Free 50 state guide to public records

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has issued a new Web-based public records guide. The Open Government Guide, “a complete compendium of information on every state’s open records and open meetings laws,” is a well organized and comprehensive pointer to code section summaries and case decisions of whose records are included or excluded, which type of records are covered and fees that can be charged. Access to various types of records, including police, real estate and vital records is addressed. A digest of each open records act exemption also specifies the portion of the record that is open, closed or not named.

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