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New to Minnesota's public access and privacy laws or just need a refresher?

Here is an overview of the Data Practices Act (pdf) and an overview of the Open Meeting Law (pdf). To learn more about a specific data practices or open meeting topic, hover over the "Access to Data" or "About Public Meetings" menus above.

Police Body Camera Temporary Classification Request

The City of Maplewood, along with eighteen other law enforcement agencies, requested temporary classification of certain police body camera data.

The Commissioner acted on the request on September 28, 2015.

Guidance on the classification of police body camera data.

Automatic License Plate Reader Audits

New legislation related to law enforcement agencies’ use of automatic license plate readers (ALPR) places new requirements on agencies who use ALPR. More information about the reporting requirements for these audits will be available prior to 2017.

Sample Policy Guidance

IPAD developed sample policy guidance to meet the new requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section 13.05, subd. 5, effective August 1, 2014, related to ensuring appropriate access to not public data.

Recent Commissioner of Administration Advisory Opinions

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 16-002 about the Open Meeting Law requirement to provide a summary of conclusions follownig a closed meeting for a performance evalulation and the Moorhead City Council.

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 16-003 about the attorney-client privilege exception to the Open Meeting Law and the Motley City Council.

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

Check back soon for more workshops!

IPAD on the Road

IPAD staff will be presenting/training at these upcoming events:

July 8, 2016, Ramsey County staff presentation, St. Paul.

July 21, 2016, Minnesota State Academies Board Training, Fairbault.

October 2-5, 2016, The Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Council Annual Meeting, St. Cloud.

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