Doug Peterson

Nebraska Attorney General

Open Government

Public Records

The Nebraska Public Records Statutes provide citizens of this state and all other interested persons the right to obtain access to, and copies of, public records in the custody of public agencies in the state.  The information below details Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09 (2014, Cum. Supp. 2016).

 

BASIC PROVISION

COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS

DEFINITION OF PUBLIC RECORD

LIBERAL CONSTRUCTION FOR FISCAL RECORDS

EXCEPTIONS TO DISCLOSURE

REQUESTS FOR ACCESS TO OR COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS RESPONSE REQUIRED IN FOUR BUSINESS DAYS

DENIAL OF ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS; EXPLANATION

DENIAL OF RIGHTS REGARDING PUBLIC RECORDS; REMEDIES

VIOLATIONS OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS STATUTES; PENALTIES

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS

 

Open Meetings

The Nebraska Open Meetings Act guarantees that every meeting of a public body shall be open to the public in order that citizens may exercise their democratic privilege of attending and speaking at meetings of public bodies. The information below details Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-1407 through 84-1414 (2014, Cum. Supp. 2016).

 

BASIC PROVISION

PUBLIC BODIES WHICH ARE COVERED

MEETING DEFINED

PUBLIC MEETINGS BY VIDEOCONFERENCING AND TELEPHONE CONFERENCE CALL

PUBLIC MEETINGS; NOTICE REQUIRED AND AGENDA

EMERGENCY MEETINGS

PUBLIC MEETINGS; MINUTES AND VOTING PROCEDURES

PUBLIC MEETINGS; RIGHTS OF THE PUBLIC ATTENDING

CLOSED SESSIONS OF A PUBLIC BODY

CIRCUMVENTION OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT

ACTIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT

CRIMINAL SANCTIONS

 

Disposition Letters

Disposition letters arise out of the Attorney General’s express enforcement authority over the Nebraska Public Records Statutes, Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09 (2014, Cum. Supp. 2016), and the Open Meetings Act, Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-1407 through 84-1414 (2014, Cum. Supp. 2016). These letters are written in response to a discrete set of facts and circumstances presented in petitions and complaints filed under those statutes.  Disposition letters in no way constitute an opinion of the Attorney General.