"Ann Taylor Schwing has significantly elevated the democratic values of government openness, responsiveness and accountability . . . ."

From the Foreword by Robert K Puglia
Former Presiding Justice,
California Court of Appeal,
Third Judicial District (1974-1998)

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Two volumes Open Meeting Laws 3dIf an informed citizenry is to meaningfully participate in government or at least understand why government acts affecting their daily lives are taken, the process of decision making as well as the end results must be conducted in full view of the governed.
Oklahoma Ass’n of Municipal Attorneys v. State, 577 P.2d 1310, 1313-14 (Okla. 1978)

Open Meeting Law Reference for All 50 States
Open Meeting Laws 3d
Ann Taylor Schwing


Two volumes covering all aspects of public meeting laws

Open Meeting Laws are designed to give citizens the information they need to understand decisions made by their elected representatives. Click the links to review sections of Open Meeting Laws 3d.


  • Open meeting laws apply  not only to public bodies but to the committees they appoint as well. Generally Open Meeting Laws require that the entire deliberative process be open to citizens including committees.


  • Openness applies to email communications while newer forms of communication such as websites and blogs pose unresolved issues.


  • The Open Meeting Laws 3d chapter on Executive Sessions covers permissible reasons for holding an executive session such as litigation communications.