Open Records and Open Meetings Decisions

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The Attorney General issues legally binding decisions in disputes under the open records and open meetings laws. Proceedings before the Attorney General are governed by our administrative regulation.

To assist citizens in understanding the open records and open meetings laws, the Attorney General has prepared a booklet, Protecting Your Right to Know (PDF), that describes the rules and procedures that apply to citizen action under those laws. The booklet contains a sample open records request, sample open records appeal, sample open meetings complaint, and sample open meetings appeal.

To assist public officials in understanding their duties under the open records and open meetings laws, the Attorney General has prepared a booklet, Your Duty Under the Law (PDF). 

To assist in researching the law on open records and open meetings, the Attorney General has prepared an Outline of Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Law. We post new decisions the Monday after they are issued.

Browse the Decisions (1993–present). For opinions prior to 1993, see contact information below.

To search decisions by keyword, use the search box in the upper right corner of this page. Type "ORD" for Open Records decisions and "OMD" for Open Meetings decisions, followed by your keyword(s). (e.g., "ORD governor")

How do I get a copy of an existing decision?

If you would like a copy of an Open Records / Open Meetings decision, the Attorney General will provide a copy free of charge. The copy will be mailed to you. (Please note: we have posted OR/OM decision​s from 1993 to the present; see links above.) To request a copy of an OR/OM decision, please submit your request in writing to:

Open Records
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax: (502) 564-6801

You must provide the number of the decision (e.g., for decision #125 from 1993 the number is "93-ORD-125").

How do I file an Open Records/Open Meetings appeal?

Appeals, including the original request and response,  must be submitted in writing to:

Open Records/Open Meetings Decisions
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, KY 40601

What does it mean when a decision is “Not to be Published”?

In 1992, the Office of the Attorney General established the practice of designating certain Open Records Decisions as "Not to be Published" to signal to the publisher of the hard bound volumes of our advisory opinions (OAGs) and decisions (ORDs and OMDs) that the decision did not need to appear in the bound volume. There are a great deal more ORDs and OMDs being issued by the Office than advisory opinions, and the goal was to avoid taking up unnecessary space in the bound volumes. "To be Published" decisions were those in which the Office addressed a new issue and/or reversed a prior open records or meetings decision. The ORDs and OMDs have the same legal effect regardless of their designation and can be cited or relied upon as precedent of this Office in the area of open records and open meetings.

The Office abandoned the practice of designating ORDs and OMDs "Not to be Published" and "To be Published" several years ago due to confusion among attorneys (who adhere to the civil rules) and the public (who thought that the unpublished ORDs and OMDs could not be publicized or discussed).​​