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Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act grants the right to attend meetings covered by the Act to the public generally. Ala. Code §  36-25A-1(a) ("It is the policy of this state that the deliberative process of governmental bodies shall be open to the public during meetings . . ."). The Alabama Open Meetings Act defines the "public" portion of a meeting as being "conducted so that constituents of the governmental body, members of the media, person interested in the activities of the governmental body and citizens of this state could, if they desired, attend and observe." Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(7) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

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Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act applies to boards, bodies, and commissions of the executive and legislative departments of the state that expend or appropriate public funds, to multimember governing bodies of departments, agencies, institutions, and instrumentalities of the executive and legislative departments of the state, and to quasi-judicial bodies of the executive and legislative departments of the state and all standing, special, or advisory committees or subcommittees of, or appointed by, those bodies. Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(4) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act applies to boards, bodies, and commissions of the executive and legislative departments of counties, and to multimember governing bodies of departments, agencies, institutions, and instrumentalities of the executive and legislative departments of counties. Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(4) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act applies to boards, bodies, and commissions of the executive and legislative departments of municipalities, and to multimember governing bodies of departments, agencies, institutions, and instrumentalities of the executive and legislative departments of municipalities. Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(4) (Supp. 2005); Op. Att’y Gen. Ala., No.2006-108 (volunteer fire department subject to the Alabama Open Meetings Act); Op. Att’y Gen. Ala., No.2006-122 (county hospital board subject to the Alabama Open Meetings Act); Op. Att’y Gen. Ala., No.2007-039 (community action agencies subject to the Alabama Open Meetings Act).

Alabama

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Alabama

Individual executive officials are not subject to the Alabama Open Meetings Act except when they meet as members of governmental bodies.

Alabama

All executive functions are presumptively subject to the Alabama Open Meetings Act when those functions are performed in meetings of governmental bodies.

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