Open Records for Government Agencies

Over the last three years the Attorney General's office has handled over one thousand alleged violations of the Kentucky Open Records Act.

Half the time significant violations were found forcing the agencies to turn over the requested documents.

The state's Open Records Law says all books, papers, maps, photos, recordings, and software prepared or used by a public agency should be available for inspection by the public.

The attorney general does not issue sanctions for open records violations, but plantiffs can pursue the issue into the court system and seek penalties from a judge.

Those can include a $25 dollar fine for every day documents are withheld.