State-to-state, where do you go?
If you're lucky, your state has an open records ombudsman. These offices have different responsibilities, budgets and authority: Some states give the offices the authority to make binding decisions and some offices merely play an advisory role.
But whether there is a specific office designated for the job, an officer tasked with enforcing the public records act or a state attorney general with enforcement powers, citizens in all but eight states have a way to appeal a denial without resorting to filing suit in state court, either individually or through attorney general action.
Whether or not these options result in binding …