A look at the N.C. Open Meetings Law

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March 12, 2013 3:51 PM

From Port City Daily:

The state’s Open Meetings Law requires boards that “exist solely to conduct the people’s business,” do so openly—including hearings, deliberations and actions.

Specifically, North Carolina General Statute 143-318.10(b) defines a public body as “any elected or appointed body, committee, commission, board or other group that is composed of two or more members who are authorized to exercise legislative, policy-making, quasi-judicial, administrative or advisory functions.”

If the board meets these criteria, any meeting must be open to the public, and proper notice must be given. Committees of public bodies also are defined as public bodies.