Your Right to Know:
The Maine Freedom of Access Act
The public’s right to information about government activities lies at the heart of a democratic government. The Maine Freedom of Access Act (“FOAA”) grants the people of this state a broad right of access to public records while protecting legitimate governmental interests and the privacy rights of individual citizens. The act also ensures the accountability of the government to the citizens of the state by requiring public access to the meetings of public bodies. Transparency and open decision-making are fundamental principles of the Maine Freedom of Access Act, and they are essential to ensuring continued trust and confidence in our government.
This website was created as part of the state’s ongoing effort to educate and inform state employees and the public about the Maine Freedom of Access Act. On the site, you will find general information about the Freedom of Access Act, including information on how to make a FOAA request, answers to frequently asked questions, and regular updates on other important freedom of access issues. Providing universal access to resources that will inform and educate state employees and the public on the Freedom of Access Act is not just an aim but a priority for the state.
Open government is good government and the state is committed to ensuring and protecting your “right to know.”
- 2021 Public Access Ombudsman Report (PDF)
- The Freedom of Access Act on the Maine State Legislature website
- Maine Attorney General’s Office
- Maine Right to Know Advisory Committee
- Citizen's Guide to Maine Freedom of Access Act (PDF)