Open Meetings

Marti Minor's Presentation Materials from Winter Directors Meeting

The materials from Marti Minor's legal presentation at the Winter 2012 Public Library Directors Meeting are now available for download. You'll find them on the Directors Meeting page, linked on the GPLS website from the Public Library Info page:

http://www.georgialibraries.org/dir_mtg/12_2012/

You'll find these documents:
- Georgia Open Meetings and Records Law Handbook
- Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
- Legal and Legislative Update Slideshow

May 2012 Directors Meeting Documents

Documents from the May 2012 Directors Meeting, including the Open Records and Personnel Policies presentations are now online. You can find them here:

http://www.georgialibraries.org/dir_mtg/05_2012/

Documents from this and other directors meetings can be found by going to the Directors Meetings section of the Public Library Info page on the GPLS site

http://www.georgialibraries.org/lib/publiclibinfo/

Georgia's Sunshine Laws - A Citizen's Guide to Open Government, Fourth Edition 2008

Georgia's Sunshine Laws

Georgia First Amendment Foundation

A Citizen's Guide to Open Government

Office of the Attorney General of Georgia
Thurbert E. Baker, Attorney General

in Cooperation with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Fourth Eition 2008

Board Meetings by Phone?

See the Blue Avocado/Board Cafe story on whether it's OK to have board meetings by phone:
http://www.blueavocado.org/node/154
In Georgia, permissible only if all board members can hear and participate, but must be held in a place where public may attend and hear all conversation.

Open Meetings Laws and Public Library Boards

The Georgia Open Meetings Law (Official Code of Georgia 50-14-1 and following) requires that all meetings of public library boards or any committee of their members be open to the public. There are very limited reasons for closure of a meeting (often called “going into executive session”). These are specified in law (OCGA 50-14-3).