Alaska Freedom of Information
In Alaska, the statutes 40.25.100 to 40.25.125 define the Alaska Public Records Law (APRA). It is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies at all levels. The statutes 44.62.310 – 44.62.470 of the Alaska code define the Alaska Open Meetings Act. The act legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted in the state. The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act states that “All meetings of a governmental body of a public entity of the state are open to the public” and that:
- the governmental units mentioned in AS 44.62.310 (a) exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business;
- it is the intent of the law that actions of those units be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly;
- the people of the state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them;
- the people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know;
- the people’s right to remain informed shall be protected so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created;
- the use of teleconferencing is for the convenience of the parties, the public, and the governmental units conducting the meetings.