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By its terms, the Alabama Open Meetings Act applies only to "governmental bodies." Ala. Code §  36-25A-1(a) (Supp. 2005). We know of no reported case law or Alabama Attorney General opinion that addresses the question whether the Alabama Open Meetings Act could apply, in some circumstances, to nongovernmental bodies that receive public funds or benefits.

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act does not, on its face, apply to multistate or regional bodies, and we know of no reported authority to apply the Act to such bodies.

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act applies to advisory boards and commissions of the executive and legislative departments of the state or its political subdivisions or municipalities which expend or appropriate public funds; and to quasi-governmental entities of the state or its political subdivisions or municipalities, including all corporations and other instrumentalities whose governing boards are comprised of a majority of members who are appointed or elected by the state or its political subdivisions or municipalities. Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(4) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act makes no distinction been elected and appointed bodies.

Alabama

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Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act requires that a "quorum" must be present to constitute a "meeting." Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(6) (Supp. 2005).

"Unless otherwise provided by law, a 'quorum' is a majority of the voting members of a governmental body." Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(12) (Supp. 2005); Slagle v. Ross, CV2009-1846 (Cir. Ct. of Montgomery County, Ala., Jan 28, 2010) (holding that the Alabama Open Meetings Act was not violated because a quorum was not present).

Alabama

Without a quorum, there is no "meeting" for purposes of the Alabama Open Meetings Act. Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(6) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

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