The policy of the state of North Carolina is to allow the public access to the business of government. We help by acting as a liaison between public officials and the public.
Open government laws are known as “sunshine laws” because they help shed light on the government’s work.
Public Records laws specify:
What kinds of records the public may access
Which government agencies must disclose records
How public records laws may be enforced if agencies do not allow their records to be examined
Open Meetings laws specify:
Which State and local public bodies must hold open meetings
What kind of notice public bodies must give before holding meetings
Under what circumstances a public body may enter into a closed session
How citizens may enforce the open meetings law if a public body attempts to exclude them from a meeting or fails to give proper notice
Read the Guide to Open Goverment
we developed along with the NC Press Association. Call or email
the Attorney General’s Public Protection Section at (919) 716-6780 to get help on open government issues.