List of who can make public record requests by state
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| Alabama • Alaska • Arizona|
Arkansas • California • Colorado
Connecticut •Delaware • Florida
Georgia • Hawaii • Illinois
Illinois • Indiana • Iowa
Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana
Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts
Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi
Missouri • Montana • Nebraska
Nevada • New Hampshire
New Mexico • New Jersey
New York • North Carolina
North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma
Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island
South Carolina • South Dakota
Tennessee • Texas • Utah
Vermont • Virginia • Washington
West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming
The Third Circuit's rulings apply to Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a result, the provision in the New Jersey Open Public Records Act that prohibits non-residents from access to records is likely to be considered invalid.
Some states also limit felons from receiving copies of public documents (Arkansas, Louisiana and Michigan), and there is some argument about the matter in Washington (see Washington Attorney General says felons have no right to public records).
In Pennsylvania, access to public records is limited to residents of the United States. Here is a list of fees charged by state:
Anyone may request public records in West Virginia. The law explicitly states that "every person has a right to inspect or copy any public record of a public body in this state."
In general, "any requester has a right to inspect any record." (Wis. Stat. 19.35(1)(a)). However, people who are incarcerated and people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution are restricted in their rights of access to public documents.
Contrary to the law in some other states, individuals who are litigants in a pending lawsuit with a governmental agency do not lose any of their rights as requestors with respect to documents they want from that agency.
Persons that are incarcerated can only request records involving themselves or their immediate families. Those involuntarily committed cannot ask for records.
- Wisconsin Statute 19.35
- [Confirmed with Wisconsin AG's office on 9/27/2010 at Seminar on Open Records]