McNeeseState Universityconforms to the CITIZENS’ RIGHTS UNDER THE OPEN MEETINGS LAW (R.S. 42:4.1013). The Open Meetings Law was enacted to insure “that public business be performed in an open and public manner and that citizens be advised of and aware of the performance of public officials and the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy.” The law must be construed liberally.
The law grants the public the right to attend and record the deliberations of public bodies including city and parish governing bodies; school boards; levee boards; port commissions; boards of public utilities; planning, zoning and airport commissions; other state, local or special district boards, commissions or authorities with policy making, advisory or administrative functions; and committees or subcommittees of those bodies. Judicial proceedings and normal operational meetings are exempted.