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public record

n. any information, minutes, files, accounts or other records which a governmental body is required to maintain, and which must be accessible to scrutiny by the public. This includes the files of most legal actions. A court will take "judicial notice" of a public record (including hearsay in the record) introduced as evidence. For example: a recorded deed to show transfer of title or a criminal judgment are both public records.

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The Wake County Communications Office (CO) is seeking information regarding vendor ability and interest to provide a dependable, efficient, user friendly web enabled electronic Public Records Request Management system.
First Amendment groups, journalists and others say the state public records law is archaic, and they are pushing for revisions.
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The state agencies and local governments embracing this new social networking technology have weighed the value of being cutting edge and communicating quickly with the "plugged in" constituency against the risk and uncertainty of how these social networking sites will integrate with an agency's required compliance with Florida's Public Records Law.
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