The purpose of the Open Meeting Law (OML) is to ensure transparency in the deliberations on which public policy is based. Because the democratic process depends upon the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action, the OML requires, with some exceptions, that meetings of public bodies be open to the public. It also seeks to balance the public’s interest in witnessing the deliberations of public officials with the government’s need to manage its operations efficiently.
This training will provide an overview of the OML, what the OML requires of a local housing authority, what constitutes a breach of the OML, executive session and when and how it can be utilized, participation by board members who may not be physically present at a public meeting, public participation, and record keeping required by the OML. Best practices will be discussed, and examples will be provided.