Clerk of the Board

Arizona Open Meeting Law

Arizona Open Meeting Law Changes:

Two changes in the Arizona Open Meeting law took effect on July 29, 2010.  These changes are designed to enhance citizens’ access to information about government meetings.  Specifically, Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) Section 38-431.01(G) now includes the following language:

The secretary of state for state public bodies, the city or town clerk for municipal public bodies and the county clerk for all other local public bodies shall conspicuously post open meeting law materials prepared and approved by the attorney general on their website.

In accordance with this new requirement, please click on the following link:   http://www.azag.gov/Agency_Handbook/Ch7.pdf, which takes you directly to Chapter 7 of the Attorney General’s manual (chapter containing Open Meeting Law information):

The second change is to ARS section 38-431.02(A), which now includes the following language:

2. The public bodies of the counties and school districts shall:
     
(a) Conspicuously post a statement on their website stating where all public notices of their meetings will be posted, including the physical and electronic locations, and shall give additional public notice as is reasonable and practicable as to all meetings.
     
 (b) Post all public meeting notices on their website and give additional public notice as is reasonable and practicable as to all meetings.  A technological problem or failure that either prevents the posting of public notices on a website or that temporarily or permanently prevents the use of all or part of the website does not preclude the holding of the meeting for which the notice was posted if the public body complies with all other public notice requirements required by this section.

The Arizona Ombudsman’s Office also provides Open Meeting Law information, so please click on the following link to that website: http://www.azleg.gov/ombudsman/meetings.asp.

Click Here for the updated official notice stating where all public notices of the Gila County Board of Supervisors’ meetings are posted.  With respect to section 2 (b), please note that all public meeting notices have been posted on the County's website for many years and will continue to be posted there.  The current Public Notices and Agendas are available at:  Public Notices & Agendas.  To review past agendas from September 1, 2010, to the present time, select the month and year at the top of the page.  To view agendas prior to September 1, 2010, please go to the section entitled "Meeting Agendas, Audio & Minutes." 

For other Public Notices of meetings whereby a quorum of the Board of Supervisors may attend a public meeting or event that is not related to official County business, please go the Board of Supervisors' section and click on "Public Notices." 

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Clerk of the Board via e-mail at msheppard@gilacountyaz.gov.