ERIC Number: ED192299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Toward State and Local Government in the Sunshine: A 1980 Study of Open Meeting Laws in States That Received Low Scores for Openness in 1974.
Standard legal methods, statutory developments, case law, and attorney generals' opinions were analyzed in a study of the nine states that received the lowest rankings in J. B. Adams's 1974 investigation of open meeting laws across the United States. In addition, statutory and judicial open meeting activity in the remaining 41 states was surveyed to provide an overview of the field. The nine states examined were: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The major findings were that (1) all of the nine states have enacted comprehensive open meeting laws since 1974, (2) all 50 states have comprehensive statutory laws requiring open meetings of state and local agencies, and (3) no reported appellate court decision has invalidated any of the major provisions of any state's open meeting statutes. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Open Meetings
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980). A number of pages in appendixes may be marginally legible.