Open Meetings Overview
The open meetings law was enacted to ensure a process by which governmental decisions are made, and those decisions are transparent and easily accessible to the public.
Meeting - a gathering, in person or electronic, formal or informal, of a majority of a governmental body’s members where there is deliberation or action upon any matter within the scope of the body’s policy-making duties. Meetings are not gatherings of body members for ministerial or social purposes where there is no policy discussion or intent to avoid the open meetings laws.
Governmental Body - includes any of the following entities:
- County board of supervisors, city councils, township trustees, school boards, drainage district trustees, and other similar local governments
- Boards or commissions created by state statute, executive order, or a political subdivision such as the county health board, zoning commission, or state environmental protection commission
- Committees or other bodies formally and directly created by a governing body covered by the open meetings law
- Advisory boards, advisory commissions, or task forces created by the governor or general assembly to make public policy recommendations
All governmental bodies must follow open meeting laws,...