Open Meeting Law

Open Meeting Law

START_STATUTE38-431.01.  Meetings shall be open to the public

A.  All meetings of any public body shall be public meetings and all persons so desiring shall be permitted to attend and listen to the deliberations and proceedings.  All legal action of public bodies shall occur during a public meeting.

B.  All public bodies shall provide for the taking of written minutes or a recording of all their meetings, including executive sessions.  For meetings other than executive sessions, such minutes or recording shall include, but not be limited to:

1.  The date, time and place of the meeting.

2.  The members of the public body recorded as either present or absent.

3.  A general description of the matters considered.

4.  An accurate description of all legal actions proposed, discussed or taken, and the names of members who propose each motion.  The minutes shall also include the names of the persons, as given, making statements or presenting material to the public body and a reference to the legal action about which they made statements or presented material.

C.  Minutes of executive sessions shall include items set forth in subsection B, paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of this section, an accurate description of all instructions given pursuant to section 38?431.03, subsection A, paragraphs 4, 5 and 7 and such other matters as may be deemed appropriate by the public body.

D.  The minutes or a recording of a meeting shall be available for public inspection three working days after the meeting except as otherwise specifically provided by this article.

E.  A public body of a city or town with a population of more than two thousand five hundred persons shall:

1.  Within three working days after a meeting, except for subcommittees and advisory committees, post on its website, if applicable, either:

(a)  A statement describing the legal actions taken by the public body of the city or town during the meeting.

(b)  Any recording of the meeting.

2.  Within two working days following approval of the minutes, post approved minutes of city or town council meetings on its website, if applicable, except as otherwise specifically provided by this article.

3.  Within ten working days after a subcommittee or advisory committee meeting, post on its website, if applicable, either:

(a)  A statement describing legal action, if any.

(b)  A recording of the meeting.

F.  All or any part of a public meeting of a public body may be recorded by any person in attendance by means of a tape recorder or camera or any other means of sonic reproduction, provided that there is no active interference with the conduct of the meeting.

G.  The secretary of state for state public bodies, the city or town clerk for municipal public bodies and the county clerk for all other local public bodies shall conspicuously post open meeting law materials prepared and approved by the attorney general on their website.  A person elected or appointed to a public body shall review the open meeting law materials at least one day before the day that person takes office.

H.  A public body may make an open call to the public during a public meeting, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions, to allow individuals to address the public body on any issue within the jurisdiction of the public body.  At the conclusion of an open call to the public, individual members of the public body may respond to criticism made by those who have addressed the public body, may ask staff to review a matter or may ask that a matter be put on a future agenda.  However, members of the public body shall not discuss or take legal action on matters raised during an open call to the public unless the matters are properly noticed for discussion and legal action.

I.  A member of a public body shall not knowingly direct any staff member to communicate in violation of this article.

J.  Any posting required by subsection E of this section must remain on the applicable website for at least one year after the date of the posting. END_STATUTE