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White Bear Lake League of Women Voters Open Meeting Law Study

The League of Women Voters recently published its study: How Open is Your Local Government: Compliance with the Open Meeting Law in the Northeast Metro Twin Cities. The study reports that the public bodies studied complied with the law at the meetings observed and many went above and beyond in their efforts to hold open meetings. Learn more about the study.

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.

Guidance on Peace Officer Body Camera Data

New provisions related to the classification and administration of body camera data went into effect Aug. 1, 2016.

Guidance on the classification of body camera data.

Automated License Plate Reader Audits

Legislation related to law enforcement agencies’ use of automated license plate readers (ALPR) places new requirements on agencies who use ALPR.

This ALPR audit guidance will assist entities in preparing for the biennial audits due after August 1, 2017.

Sample Policy Guidance

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

Recent Commissioner of Administration Advisory Opinions

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 17-005 about whether a school board violated the Open Meeting Law when a quorum of members sent a letter to another entity.

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 17-004 about whether data collected by a city’s third-party administrator of its self-insured group health plan are private government data, and if so, whether the administrator must give a Tennessen notice when collecting the data. 

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 17-003 about a Birchwood Village City Council meeting closed pursuant to the attorney-client privilege exception to the Open Meeting Law.

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

Intoduction to Data Practices Policies and Procedures - registration for this workshop is CLOSED

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9am-noon

More information (PDF)

IPAD on the Road

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

September 21, 2017, Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association, Owatonna, MN.


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