OR Select FOIL Opinion key phrases from the alphabetical listing:
Freedom of Information Law Advisory Opinions
Committee staff prepares written advisory opinions in response to particular sets of facts and circumstances. Many are available online, organized by key phrase. For example, if you were interested in knowing about whether assessment rolls are public, you could review opinions by clicking on “A” in the above index, then scrolling down to “Assessment Information.” Please note more recent opinions have been assigned higher numbers.
Above the alphabet grid is a text search box. If you are unable to locate an opinion through the key phrase index, you may search using a word or phrase that describes the topic of your interest and click “Go!”.
The opinions represent the views of the Committee on Open Government at the time that they were rendered. They may no longer represent those views if, for example, there have been subsequent court decisions or statutory amendments that bear on the issues discussed in the opinions.
Due to the repetition of the substance of various opinions, not all opinions are available online. Only those that have been determined to have precedential value or that are in some manner unique are included.
Advisory opinions that are not available online, primarily those prepared prior to 1993, are maintained by the Committee on Open Government and at various law libraries throughout the state. Copies of opinions are available by contacting the Committee.