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Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act requires governmental bodies to maintain accurate records of their meetings setting forth the date, time, place, members present or absent, and actions taken at each meeting. Ala. Code §  36-25A-4 (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

Under the Alabama Open Meetings Act, the minutes are presumptively public record and are to be made available to the public as soon as practicable after approval.

Alabama

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Alabama

Notice must be given to the public and special notice is to be directed to any person who has registered to receive direct notices from the governmental body. Ala. Code §  36-25A-3(b) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

The Alabama Open Meetings Act does not specify where notice should be posted for a "meeting" as defined in Alabama Code §  36-25A-2(6)(a)(2) or (3) (Supp. 2005). Under the former open meetings law the notice of special or emergency meetings was required to be posted where reasonable under the circumstances. Slawson v. Alabama Forestry Commission, 631 So. 2d 953, 959 (Ala. 1994).

Alabama

As with regular meetings, if the governmental body has created a preliminary agenda, the Alabama Open Meetings Act requires that it be posted as soon as practicable in the same location or manner as the notice of the meeting. A governmental body may discuss matters not included in the preliminary agenda. If a preliminary agenda has not been created, the notice must include a general description of the nature and purpose of the meeting. Ala. Code §  36-25A-3(c) (Supp. 2005).

Alabama

As with regular meetings, notices posted for special or emergency meetings 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).

Alabama

Enforcement of the Alabama Open Meetings Act may be sought by civil action brought in the county where the governmental body's primary office is located. Such an action may be brought for failure of the governmental body to follow the notice requirements of the Act, including the requirements for special or emergency meetings. Ala. Code §  36-25A-9(b)(1) (Supp. 2005). Remedies available include declaratory judgments, injunctions, invalidation of actions taken during the meeting held in violation of the act, and civil penalty up to $1,000.

Alabama