The intent of the Idaho Public Records Law is that records maintained by state and local government entities are to be made available for public access and copying. At the same time, the Legislature recognized the need to balance this policy of openness against the equally important need for privacy of certain information provided by citizens and businesses that is necessary for the conduct of the government's business. This balance is contained in Idaho Code § 74 -102, which states that "all public records in Idaho are open at all reasonable times for inspection except as otherwise expressly provided by statute."
Definition of Public Record
A "public record," as defined by the Idaho Code, is an extremely broad concept. It "includes, but is not limited to, any writing containing information relating to the conduct or administration of the public's business prepared, owned, used or retained by any state agency, independent public body corporate and politic or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics."