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Nearly every state has their own version of the Freedom of Information Act, referred to variously as Open Records, Open Meetings, Open Government or Sunshine laws. The watchdog organization The Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri surveyed the National Conference of State Legislatures in 2003 and found that at least 20 states have considered legislation to change open records laws since September 11.

In addition, the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project, from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, is host to a growing database. Site visitors can research the laws of individual states as well as compare the laws of different states. The site will eventually provide ratings, summaries, and the legal language of open meetings and public records law of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.

Below you'll find a state by state listing of freedom of information-related laws, and guides on obtaining public records in your locale.


Alabama
Alabama Open Records Law
Alabama Open Meetings Law
Alabama Access to Public Records: Alabama Archives

Alaska
Alaska Public Records Act
Alaska Open Meetings LawAlaska Archives

Arkansas
Arkansas Attorney General

Arizona
Arizona Public Records Act
Arizona Open Meetings Law

California
California Public Records Act
Guidelines for Access to Public Records from California Attorney General's Office
The Brown Act — California's Open Meetings Law

Colorado
FAQ on Open Records Law from the Colorado Attorney General

Connecticut
Connecticut Freedom Of Information Commission A Citizen's Guide to the Freedom Of Information Commission

Washington, D.C.
Office of the Corporation Council

Delaware
Delaware Freedom of Information Act
Citizen's Freedom of Information Act Pamphlet

Florida
Florida Government in Sunshine Law Guide

Georgia
Georgia Attorney General Open Government Guide
Georgia Public Records Law
Georgia Open Meetings Act

Hawaii
Hawaii Office of Information Practices
Using Hawaii's Freedom of Information Law

Iowa
Iowa Open Government Guide
Iowa Open Records Law
Iowa Open Meetings Law

Idaho
Idaho Public Records Law Manual
Idaho Public Meetings Law

Illinois
Guide to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act

Indiana
Indiana Commission on Public Records

Kansas
Access to Kansas Open Records

Kentucky
Kentucky Open Government

Louisiana
Louisiana Public Records Law
Louisiana Public Records Request Forms

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Government Access Division

Maryland
Maryland Open Government

Maine
Maine Freedom of Information Coalition

Michigan
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act

Minnesota
Minnesota Public Data Act
Minnesota Open Meetings Law

Missouri
Missouri Sunshine Law

Mississippi
Mississippi Freedom of Information Act

Montana
Montana Open Records Law

North Carolina
North Carolina Public Records Law

North Dakota
North Dakota Open Records and Open Meetings Manual

Nebraska
Nebraska Records Statutes
Nebraska Public Meetings Statutes

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Right to Know

New Jersey
New Jersey Open Public Records Act

New Mexico
New Mexico Public Records Acts

New York
New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

Nevada
Nevada Open Records Act
Nevada Open Meetings Act

Ohio
Ohio Attorney General Guide to Sunshine Laws

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Public Records Act
Oklahoma Public Records Act

Oregon
Oregon Public Records and Public Meetings Laws

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Access to Public Records
Rhode Island Open Meetings Law

South Carolina
South Carolina Freedom of Information Act

South Dakota
South Dakota Openess Task Force

Tennessee
Tennessee Open Records Act

Texas
Texas Attorney General Guide to Open Government

Utah
Utah Government Records Law

Virginia
Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

Vermont
Vermont Public Records Law

Washington
Washington Freedom of Information Act Policy

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings

West Virginia
State of West Virginia Administrative Code

Wyoming
State of Wyoming Public Records Act

"The Sunshine Gang" was made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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