“No person shall be denied the right to observe the deliberations of public bodies and examine public documents, except in cases established by law.”
The Louisiana Open Meetings Law requires that most meetings of government bodies be noticed 24 hours before they start, and that the agenda be specific about what is to be discussed at the meeting. Certain laws also provide for the ability to comment before agenda items or before a meeting. Government bodies can meet privately in “Executive Session” only for specific reasons—including the character and competence of public employees and discussion of ongoing litigation—and the vote to go into an “Executive Session” must be public.
At SNW, we have extensive experience challenging Open Meetings Law violations. Read Scott Sternberg’s comments on alleged Open Meetings Law Violations by the City of New Orleans and a local charter school board.
The Louisiana Open Meetings Law provides remedies to a citizen whose rights have been violated, and provides for attorneys’ fees and costs in many situations. Contact Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC for your free consultation on open meetings law violations.