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Browse through a collection of more than 100 articles and model forms in the MCIT Resource Library. Use the search tools to the left to narrow in on the appropriate resource.
14 Articles found | Open Meeting Law
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As the public’s interest in government operations grows, questions regarding the merits of audio or video recording board meetings often arise. The decision to record open meetings is a policy decision to be made by the public entity’s governing board. Although there may be benefits to recording the meeting’s discussions, policymakers should make this decision understanding that doing so may obligate the entity to additional requirements.
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Minnesota Open Meeting Law related to using Internet video calling to connect out-of-town officials to an open meeting.
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Examines how to determine whether the Open Meeting Law applies if a quorum of board members eats lunch together.
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The Minnesota Open Meeting Law applies to SWCDs. As such, many SWCDs have questions about this sometimes complex law. This article addresses the general information SWCDs need to know about the Open Meeting Law: purpose of the Open Meeting Law, application of the law, authority to close open meetings, penalties for violating the Open Meeting Law, coverage for claims alleging violation of the Open Meeting Law.
December 2018 | Article | Uploaded in:
Every year county boards typically survey the condition of roads under their jurisdictions. These are commonly known as road tours. MCIT routinely receives questions from members regarding how the Open Meeting Law (OML) applies to these on-the-go assemblies.
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Regardless of the operating structure, the joint powers entities or arrangements must comply with many of the same laws and practices as their member entities, such as the Minnesota Open Meeting Law and Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.
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Beyond routine board meetings, elected boards conduct work sessions where the board takes no official action as part of their activities. As a quorum or more of the board is typically present at these sessions, the question arises as to whether the Minnesota Open Meeting Law applies to work sessions.
December 2016 | Article | Uploaded in:
Joint powers entities occasionally include provisions in their formation or operational documents that conflict with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13D. In this case, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law supersedes the joint powers agreement or bylaws.
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Sessions designed to build trust, communication, collaboration and the like among members of a governing board are like training for boards, according to an advisory opinion from the commissioner of the Department of Administration, when considering whether the sessions are subject to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.
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Following a six -day trial this spring, a Carver County District Court judge determined four current Victoria City Council members committed a combined total of 38 intentional violations of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law and ordered $7,800 in personal fines. This case serves as a good reminder for all public officials of the scope of the Open Meeting Law and the responsibility it places upon them. It also highlights penalties that can result from violations of the Open Meeting Law and the high costs for defending these suits—more than $260,000 in legal defense costs.