** 2020 Legislative Update Regarding Open Records Request**
Senate Bill 150, which was signed into law on March 30, 2020, extended the deadline for responding to open records requests from three to ten days during the state of emergency, as declared by Executive Order 2020-215.
What is the Kentucky Open Records Act (KORA)
The Kentucky Open Records Act (KRS 61.870 to KRS 61.884), or KORA, provides access to public records that, by law, are not exempt from disclosure. For more information on the act, visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General Web site at https://ag.ky.gov/orom/Pages/default.aspx.
What are public records?
Public records are those materials prepared, owned, used, possessed, maintained, or retained by state and local government agencies that must be open for public inspection unless the records are excluded by any of the 14 exemptions in the Kentucky Open Records Act. Public agencies are not required to compile information or to answer questions but to provide only specific records responsive to a request. For more information on the14 exemptions and other KORA information, visit the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General Web site at https://ag.ky.gov/orom/Pages/default.aspx.
Is there a cost for records?
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) charges 10 cents per released page. There also are charges for photos, compact discs, videotapes, and diskettes varying from $2-$3 apiece. The official custodian sends a letter stating how much requesters owe for records.
What is the timeframe for a response to my request?
Senate Bill 150, signed into law on March 30, 2020, extended the deadline for responding to open records requests from three to ten days during the state of emergency, as declared by Executive Order 2020-215. Specifically, Senate Bill 150 Section 1(8)(a) reads as follows:
Notwithstanding KRS 61.872 and 61.880, a public agency shall respond to the request to inspect or receive copies of public records within 10 days of its receipt. A public agency may delay on-site inspection during the pendency of the state of emergency.
As such, we are replying to your open records request pursuant to this time frame.
Can I get an accident report from a state police post?
Accident reports are among the most frequently requested KSP documents. Accident victims can obtain their own reports from the state police post in which their accidents occurred. Go to http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post-locations/ to locate post areas and their counties. The report can also be obtained from https://www.buycrash.com. You may also send a written request to the Official Custodian of Records at KSP for a copy of the report.