Open Government Guide

The Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state's open records and open meetings laws. Each state's section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states. If you're a new user of this guide, be sure to read the Introductory Note and User's Guide.

Please note: These guides cover state laws. We also have a separate Federal Open Government Guide.

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