By Chip Rowe

Under state law, the clerk of a legislature, board or committee that conducts public business and holds open meetings must make its minutes available within two weeks, even if not formally approved. The law does not require that minutes be posted online, or that meetings be taped.

We surveyed local boards and committees to see how diligent they are (as of March 31) about keeping voters informed. For more information, see

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Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

A former longtime national magazine editor, Rowe has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Idaho and South Dakota and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. Location: Philipstown. Languages: English. Area of Expertise: General.

One reply on “Your Open Government”

  1. The next time you update this list, you might want to include the Howland Public Library District in Beacon. Public library districts are subject to many of the same laws as other districts.

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