Many people ask whether the emails sent to or from a public employee or public official are subject to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The answer is yes – email correspondence is subject to OPRA if government business is discussed or conducted. That is true even if the public employee or official uses a private email account.
The Government Records Council has held that a valid request for emails requires the following:
- Date range. Note that the range must not be overbroad—requests for months or years of emails may very likely be held to be too broad.
- Subject matter. We recommend ...