13.5 Public Records Laws

Communicators should familiarize themselves with the federal and state laws that govern access to public records in their communities. Public records laws help ensure that citizens (and communicators) have access to the workings of the government. There are three aspects of public records laws: what records you can request, requirements that government conduct their business openly, and that citizens can see what has been recorded about them in public records.

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