Open Records/Open Meetings

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 respond effectively and efficiently to records requests in a consistent and coordinated manner, the Attorney General's Office has developed an Open Records Policy. In addition to this policy, the office has issued an advisory regarding updates to Open Records and Open meetings enacted during the 2021 legislative session. The advisory includes a standardized form by which any resident may request to inspect public records. That form is available, here.

To assist citizens in navigating Kentucky's Open Records and Open Meetings Acts and public officials as they strive to comply with them, the Attorney General has prepared a Guide to Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Acts

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What does it mean when a decision is “Not to be Published”?

In 1992, the Office of the Attorney General established the practice of designating certain Open Records Decisions as "Not to be Published" to signal to the publisher of the hard bound volumes of our advisory opinions (OAGs) and decisions (ORDs and OMDs) that the decision did not need to appear in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).​​

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