Informal Gatherings

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #426

Where city attorney calls in council members to prepare them as witnesses in a scheduled trial, there has been no meeting. No public policy is deliberated, the individuals were not gathered as an entity, and no action by the entity was anticipated.

Attorney General's Opinion 1984-85 #423

Even informal gatherings, such as over a meal, are meetings if part of the purpose is to discuss public business, or the gathering was prearranged with any purpose of discussing business. Notice provisions apply to executive session, as well as open meetings, therefore, notice of time and location of executive session must be given. Reconvening in different location.

Attorney General's Opinion 1982-83 #721

Cocktail parties attended by members of a public body, like other social functions, are not meetings for purposes of FOIA, provided that they are not held with the intention of conducting business and business does not take place.

Attorney General's Opinion 1981-82 #434

Telephone poll of individual members is akin to an informal assemblage, not subject to FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1981-82 #442

So-called workshop gatherings are still meetings for purposes of FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1979-80 #298

School board's attendance at a labor organization's presentation may be subject to FOIA if the purpose of the board's attendance is to discuss/transact public business.

Attorney General's Opinion 1977-78 #485

Prearranged out-of-town meeting of two public bodies required that notice be sent to those requesting it and that minutes be taken.

Attorney General's Opinion 1976-77 #308A

Chance encounter of two or members of a local governing body is not a meeting subject to FOIA, even if the members discuss public business when they see each other, so long as the encounter was not prearranged with the purpose of discussing public business.

Attorney General's Opinion 1974-75 #579

Informal gathering of body's members to discuss and vote on the election of mayor and vice-mayor violates FOIA.

Attorney General's Opinion 1972-73 #492

If a body's constituent members get together to discuss public business is discussed and votes are taken, they have had a meeting, regardless of whether the body labels the get-together an informal gathering. Purpose behind FOIA.

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