Why do we have an Open Meeting Law?
- To protect the public. a. To avoid decision-making in secret. b. To promote accountability by encouraging public officials to act responsively and responsibly. 2. To protect public officials. a. To avoid being excluded (notice). b. To prepare and avoid being blind sided (agenda). c. To accurately memorialize what happened (minutes). 3. Maintain Integrity of government. 4. Better informed citizenry. 5. Build trust between government and citizenry.
What constitutes a meeting?
A meeting is a gathering, in person or through technological devices of a quorum of a public body at which they discuss, propose or take legal action, including deliberations. A.R.S. § 38-431(4). This includes telephone and e-mail communications.
Who must comply with Open Meeting Law?
Public bodies. “Public body” means the legislature, all boards and commissions of this state or political subdivisions, all multimember governing bodies of departments, agencies, institutions and instrumentalities of the state or political subdivisions, including without limitation all corporations and other instrumentalities whose boards of directors are appointed or elected by the state or political subdivision. Public body includes all quasi-judicial bodies and all standing, special or advisory committees or subcommittees of, or appointed by, the public body. A.R.S. § 38-431(6).