What is a public record request and who may submit a request?
A public record includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business, prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics. “Writing” includes any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photocopying, e-mail, facsimile, and every other means of recording of words, pictures, and sounds. Any person may make a request for public records. The definition of “person” includes any natural person, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, firm or association. Thus, inmates, wards, the media, labor unions and private law firms have the right to request, inspect, and receive copies of public records that are not exempt from public disclosure.