News21 found substantial differences in public-records requirements and responsiveness across the 50 states. Even within a state there often was wide variation in compliance. One county might respond quickly while the next would insist that its public records laws don’t require officials to respond at all. Use the Document Cloud search bar to find the information reported to News21 by charge, state, name, or state agency. Some PDF documents couldn’t be indexed, so a search for a particular name may not work. To find such cases, you may have to read through all the documents from the state agency in question.