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Report GovQA 5 Ways COVID-19 is Impacting Public Records Requests

5 Ways COVID-19 is Impacting Public Records Requests


Around the second week of March, we started waking up to a local, national and global nightmare: coronavirus. The ability of every citizen to ask for and get information from governments is as fundamental a right as voting. So fundamental that it’s enshrined in the First Amendment and citizens can sue if they think governments haven’t complied with requirements.

Report Snap Shot

  • Temporarily suspending PRRs
  • Delaying PRR responses
  • Closing physical offices to the public, staff, or both
  • Shifting to teleworking
  • Parts of the process that work well under teleworking and parts that don’t, e.g. paper records