State Open Record Law Citations

Any law library (law school, courthouse) — and many public libraries– will carry your state’s statute books. In addition, many state lawsare now available online. Free online legal research sites such as findlaw.comcan assist you in tracking down such resources.

Two other sites are particularly worth mentioning:

  • The National Freedomof Information Coalition Web site includes information and useful linksto state FOI sources in every state.
  • The Reporters Committeefor Freedom of the Press publishes an online version of its 1,300-page,50-state publication, Open Government Guide, that includes detailed explanations and legalanalysis of state open meetings and open records law geared specificallyto reporters. The appendix of the print version also includes the text for most state’s laws. Every student newsroom should have a copy of at least their own state’sguide.

(Current as of October 2009)

Alabama Ala. Code Secs. 36-12-40 to 36-12-41
Alaska Alaska Stat. Secs. 40.25.100 to 40.25.220
Arizona Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 39-121 to 39-126
Arkansas Ark. Stat. Ann. Secs. 25-19-101 to 25-19-109
California Cal. Gov’t Code Secs. 6250 to 6276.48
Colorado Colo. Rev. Stat. Secs. 24-72-201 to 24-72-402
Connecticut Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. Secs. 1-200 to 1-242
Delaware Del. Code Ann. tit. 29, Secs. 10001 to 10005
District of Columbia D.C. Code Ann. Secs. 2-531 to 2-540
Florida Fla. Stat. Ann. Secs. 119.01 to 119.19; 395.3035 [public hospital records]; 815.045 [trade secrets]
Georgia Ga. Code Ann. Secs. 50-18-70 to 50-18-77
Hawaii Haw. Rev. Stat. Secs. 92-1; 92-21 to 92-71; 92F-1 to 92F-42
Idaho Idaho Code Secs. 9-337 to 9-350
Illinois 5 Ill. Comp. Stat. Secs. 140/1 to 140/11
Indiana Ind. Code Secs. 5-14-3-1 to 5-14-5-12
Iowa Iowa Code Secs. 22.1 to 22.14
Kansas Kan. Stat. Ann. Secs. 45-215 to 45-250
Kentucky Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 61.870 to 61.884
Louisiana La. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 44:1 to 44:41
Maine Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 1, Secs. 401 to 434
Maryland Md. State Gov’t Code Ann Secs. 10-611 to 10-628
Massachusetts Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. Ch. 4, Sec. 7, Cl. 26; Ch. 66, Secs. 10 to 18
Michigan Mich. Stat. Ann. Secs. 15.231 to 15.246
Minnesota Minn. Stat. Ann. Secs. 13.01 to 13.99
Mississippi Miss. Code. Ann. Secs. 25-61-1 to 25-61-17
Missouri Mo. Rev. Stat. Secs. 610.010 to 610.225
Montana Mont. Code. Ann. Secs. 2-6-101 to 2-6-111; 2-6-201 to 2-6-405; 22-1-1103 [library records]; 22-3-807 [historical burial sites] and Article II, Section 9 of the Montana Constitution
Nebraska Neb. Rev. Stat. Secs. 84-712 to 84-712.09
Nevada Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 239.005 to 239.330; 239C.210 to 239C.270
New Hampshire N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 91-A:1 to 91-A:9
New Jersey N.J. Stat. Ann. Secs. 47:1-1 to 47:1A.13
New Mexico N.M. Stat. Ann. Secs. 14-2-1 to 14-2-12
New York N.Y. Pub. Off. Law Secs. 84 to 90; 91 to 99
North Carolina N.C. Gen. Stat. Secs. 132-1 to 132-10
North Dakota N.D. Cent. Code Secs. 44-04-17.1 to 44-04-18.18; 44-04-21 to 44-04-21.3; 44-04-23 to 44-04-31,and Article XI, Section 6 of the N.D. Constitution
Ohio Ohio Rev. Code Ann. Secs. 149.43 to 149.44
Oklahoma Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 51, Secs. 24A.1 to 24A.28
Oregon Or. Rev. Stat. Secs. 192.410 to 192.524
Pennsylvania Pa. Stat. Ann. Tit. 65, Secs. 66.1 to 66.9
Rhode Island R.I. Gen. Laws Secs. 38-2-1 to 38-2-15
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. Secs. 30-4-10 to 30-4-165
South Dakota S.D. Codified Laws Ann. Secs. 1-27-1 to 1-27-33
Tennessee Tenn. Code Ann. Secs. 10-7-503 to 10-7-515; 10-7-701 to 10-7-702; 10-8-101 to 10-8-103
Texas Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. Secs. 552.001 to 552.353
Utah Utah Code Ann. Secs. 63-2-101 to 63-2-1001
Vermont Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit. 1 Secs. 315 to 320
Virginia Va. Code Ann. Secs. 2.2-3700 to 2.2-3714
Washington Wash. Rev. Code Ann. Secs. 42.17.010 to 42.17.471
West Virginia W.Va. Code Secs. 29B-1-1 to 29B-1-7
Wisconsin Wis. Stat. Ann. Secs. 19.31 to 19.39
Wyoming Wyo. Stat. Secs. 16-4-201 to 16-4-205