Code of Alabama, Title 41, Chapter 13 and
Code of Alabama, Title 36, Chapter 12, Article 3 (Section 36-12-40)
- Rights of citizens to inspect and copy public writings; exceptions.
- Destruction/Preservation of state records
Exemptions to Disclosure
Exempted records include:
- Records the disclosure of which presents potential security risks, or danger to public safety or welfare
- Pending criminal investigations
- Sensitive personnel records [e.g. personnel records with identifying information [§ 41-13-7]
- Registration and circulation records in college and university libraries
- Not just public safety but also “records the disclosure of which would otherwise be detrimental to the best interests of the public.” § 36-12-40.
- Burden and expense of copying the writings and taking the copies must be borne by the citizen or his or her agent as provided by law . . . or as required by such reasonable safeguards as the custodian may impose
- Policy in favor of access
- Every citizen
Destruction of Public Records
- § 41-13-5 – “insignificant” records can be destroyed, w/ authorization of Commission