As the new year begins, many around California are embarking on a new endeavor: Serving for the first time on a city council, school board or other public agency board or commission. Those newly elected this past November are...more
An Illinois Circuit Court recently overturned a Public Access Counselor opinion. The Court held, contrary to the PAC, that the Board of Education of Springfield School District No. 186 did not violate Section 2(e) of the Open...more
The Public Access Counselor (PAC) in the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently issued a binding opinion regarding public participation in meetings held by public bodies.
Section 2.06(g) of the Open Meetings Act...more
Recently, an appellate court in the Fifth District upheld a countywide sales tax implemented through the School Facility Occupation Tax Law. In doing so, the Court denied relief to an Open Meetings Act (OMA) challenge due to...more
The summer is nearly behind us, and it has been a busy summer for the Public Access Counselor (PAC) office of the Illinois Attorney General, which issued five binding decisions since May on Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Freedom...more
- The Illinois Supreme Court rules state's attorneys are subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
- The Illinois attorney general rules that: (i) the Open Meetings Act requires public bodies to recite the key terms of...more
Three bills recently signed by the governor will bring changes to the Brown Act beginning January 1, 2014. The Brown Act governs the conduct of public agency meetings and imposes a variety of requirements to maintain openness...more
Many aspects of the revolution in electronic communications fall into the proverb: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Electronic communications may be faster and may make it easier for multiple individuals...more
The Illinois courts and the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) issued a flurry of decisions in May and June relating to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) and the Illinois Open Meetings Act...more
Recently, the Illinois Public Access Counselor rendered a binding opinion, holding that a committee violated the Open Meetings Act when it chose to recommend an individual to fill a vacancy on the committee and made that...more
In a recent decision, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) ruled that Western Illinois University Board of Trustees violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it voted to terminate a faculty member in closed session. According to...more
Assembly Bill 1344 (“AB 1344”), signed by the Governor on October 9, 2011, made several changes to laws involving local governance. The bill was introduced in response to the City of Bell controversy. The provisions of AB...more
On December 27, 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law HB 5459, which amends the Michigan Open Meetings Act to add several new notice requirements for public bodies holding rescheduled or special meetings....more
A recent Illinois Attorney General opinion addressed an interesting question: Can a public entity delete comments by community members from its Facebook page? Although the public entity at issue was a municipality, the...more
The deadline for members of public bodies to take the Open Meetings Act training course is approaching fast.
Pursuant to recent amendments to the OMA, members elected or appointed prior to January 1, 2012 must take the...more
With the enactment of P.A. 097-0827 and a recently issued binding Attorney General Opinion, July has been a busy month for the Illinois Open Meetings Act, 5 ILCS 120/1, et seq....more
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