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Use of e-mail to circumvent the requirement of open government is a violation of the Alabama Open Meetings Act. Ala. Code §  36-25A-1(a) (Supp. 2005) ("Electronic communications shall not be utilized to circumvent any of the provisions of this chapter.")

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There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue

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There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue

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Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act defines the term "meeting" to include "[t]he prearranged gathering of a quorum of a governmental body, a quorum of a committee or a quorum of a subcommittee of a governmental body at a time and place which is set by law or operation of law." Ala. Code §  36-25A-2(6)(a)(1) (Supp. 2005).

Several statutes require an entity to hold "regular" meetings at specified intervals. See, e.g., Ala. Code §  11-43C-28 (1994) ("council shall hold regular public meetings weekly").

Alabama

Notice of regular meetings, as defined in Alabama Code §  36-25A-2(6)(a)(1) (Supp. 2005), must be posted at least seven calendar days prior to the meeting. Ala. Code §  36-25A-3(a) (Supp. 2005); see also Op. Att'y Gen. Ala., No. 2006-027, 2005 Ala. AG LEXIS 196 (Nov. 15, 2005).

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act requires notice to the public generally. The Act also requires e-mail notice to those who have registered with the Secretary of State to receive such notice of meetings of governmental bodies with statewide jurisdiction. The Act also requires that governmental bodies, if practicable, provide direct notification of meetings to any member of the public who has registered with the governmental body to receive notification of meetings.

Alabama

Notices posted pursuant to the Alabama Open Meetings Act must include the time, date and place of the meeting. Ala. Code §  36-25A-3(c) (Supp. 2005); see also Op. Att'y Gen. Ala., No. 2006-027, 2005 Ala. AG LEXIS 196 (Nov. 15, 2005).

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