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ERIC Number: ED124954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
State Open Meetings Laws: An Overview. Freedom of Information Foundation Series No. 3.
Adams, John B.
One means of providing at least some assurance of more openness in governmental meetings is through enactment of state "Open Meetings" laws. This paper reviews state laws on such meetings. Two questionnaires were sent to gather basic data: one to state legislative reference services and the other to editorial officials on newspapers in the capital cities of the 50 states. Findings showed that of the 47 states with open meetings laws, 22 states provide for open legislatures and 23 open their legislative committees; that the status of these laws in most states is marginal; that extensive action is going on, with 26 states having taken some legislative action in the 1970s; and that journalists, as surrogates for the public, seem sufficiently involved in action for improved legislative support of new or amended open meetings laws. A table summarizes the principal characteristics of state laws. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Foundation, Columbia, MO.