Q May a municipal board attorney deny municipal board members information the attorney retrieved and reviewed in order to fulfill a public records request, and does the city attorney have sole discretion to decide what is personal and what is not personal in a public records request?

A Members of the board are entitled to, and should insist on, reasonable access to public information required to perform the duties of their office and may request that the information be provided in a reasonable and timely manner. Any determination as to what constitutes a “public record” should be made by the governing authorities, subject to review by a court of competent jurisdiction. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Brock, January 22, 2016)