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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 16-006 about situations in which a school board may meet in private facilitated discussions designed to “improve trust, relationships, communications, and collaborative problem solving” among Board members without violating the Open Meeting Law.

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 16-005 about the Open Meeting Law requirements for special meetings, as well as limits placed on a quorum, and the Westfield Township Board of Supervisors.


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