Public Records Act Overview by Lozano Smith

WHAT ARE PUBLIC RECORDS?

The term “public records” includes any writing relating to the public’s business if it is prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency. This definition is purposefully broad to protect the public’s interest in remaining informed regarding the actions of government.

WHAT’S A RECORD?

Includes:

> Photocopies

> Handwritten notes

> Letters > Reports

> Digital storage

> Electronic mail

> Facsimiles

> Other recorded items

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