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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**)

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. (Updated 9/27/16)

Automated License Plate Reader Audits (**New **)

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

Commissioner issues Advisory Opinion 16-004 that certain data elements in combination are private education data, so employees without a work assignment/ legitimate educational interest can’t have access. (Updated 8/10/16.)


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Upcoming Workshops & Events

Law Enforcement Data Workshop

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 9:00am-3:00pm

Learn more about the workshop (PDF)

Register here (Word)

Do's and Don'ts of Government Personnel Data Workshop

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 9:00am-3:30pm

Learn more about the workshop (PDF)

Register here (Word)

IPAD on the Road

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

October 28, 2016, Minnesota State Services for the Blind, St. Paul.

November 21, 2016, Bloomington communities training, Bloomington.


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