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Minnesota Open Meeting Law

Date:  May 2020

When members of a public body come together to conduct business, the public should have the opportunity to observe and be informed about the issues and actions of their representatives. In this spirit, the Minnesota Legislature enacted the Minnesota Open Meeting Law (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13D) in 1957. The purpose of the Open Meeting Law is to:

  • prohibit actions being taken at secret meetings where it is impossible for the interested public to become fully informed about a public body’s decision or to detect improper influences.
  • assure the public’s right to be informed.
  • afford the public an opportunity to present its views to the public body.

Public officials and employees must have a solid understanding of the Open Meeting Law’s requirements. This Resource examines aspects of the law that expose public entities to risk, provides suggestions for managing those risks and explains MCIT coverage.