Law New – Access to Government Records

Law New

The legislature declares that the public has a fundamental right to know and have access to the records of their government. The people must be able to review the processes and statistics that lead to governmental decisions. This cannot be thwarted by shrouding information in secrecy or confidentiality. A person who knowingly conceals or destroys a record that is required to be made available under this article is guilty of a misdemeanor. An agency that makes records available electronically shall, when practicable and reasonable, design its information retrieval methods in a manner that allows for the segregation and identification of those items that are available under this article from those that may be withheld.

A law enforcement agency may promulgate guidelines regarding deletion of identifying details from photographs made available to the public under this section in order to prevent unwarranted invasions of personal privacy.