How are meetings run?
- Boards and commissions have individual by-laws.
- These can be found either in the descriptions of boards and commissions or by calling the staff person for a particular board or commission.
Open Meeting Law
- Board meetings are covered by the MN Open Meeting Law, Mn Statutes 13D This statute requires all board meetings to be open to the public.
- A meeting is defined as a gathering of a quorum or more members of the body at which members discuss, decide or receive information as a group on issues relating to the official business of the body.
- Serial face-to-face or phone conversations between members of the board, to martial their votes on an issue, for the purpose of avoiding a public hearing, may be a violation of the statute.
- Additional requirements include: notice of meetings, recording votes, and providing written materials to the public.
- Meetings may be closed for quasi-judicial functions involving disciplinary proceedings, to consider strategy of labor negotiations and to discuss litigation strategy with legal counsel.
Last updated Sep. 27, 2011