This week in public records – Florida – North Dakota

The Florida Sexual Offenders and Predators database is now available en Español.

The public’s right to access public records supersedes laws relieving government agencies from compiling new records, according to a recent North Dakota Attorney General Opinion. The Department of Transportation denied a request for records by Carfax, although the state public records access law requires that “an electronically stored record under this section [44-04-18], or a copy thereof, must be provided at the requester’s option in either a printed document or through any other available medium.” ND DOT responded that it wasn’t required to create or compile a record that does not exist. The Attorney General disagreed, requiring corrective measures be instituted within 7 days.

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