Open Government

Government transparency, accountability & obtaining information from the government in California

You have the right to obtain access to public records held by federal agencies, with some exceptions including national security related information.1Freedom of Information Act of 1966 Such a request is called a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, named after the law that makes it possible. You can find out more about FOIA requests here.

You can also obtain public records held by state agencies or cities in California, with some exceptions. The government must provide records you request within 10 days.2California Public Records Act starting at Government Code Sec 6250, particularly 6253.

You also have the right to attend any meeting of any “state body” or “legislative body of a local agency,” with some exceptions.3Bagley-Keene Act and Brown Act See more at Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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