Do state open-meeting laws specifically address e-mail communications?

Monday, August 23, 2004

Some address the issue, and others are silent on it. It varies from state to state. For instance, Tennessee’s open-meetings law contains no provision dealing with e-mail. California law provides that government officials may not conduct meetings through e-mail. Colorado’s law, on the other hand, provides that “if elected officials use electronic mail to discuss pending legislation or other public business among themselves, the electronic mail shall be subject to the requirements of this section.”