Public Access Opinion 13-002


Open Meetings Act - OMA
Case: Public Access Opinion 13-002
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Public bodies must set forth a description of the general subject matter that will be the subject of final action at the meeting. Here, standing committees of a public body had a practice of meeting during the morning of the day that their public body held its regular meetings. Then, the standing committees would refer their actions from the morning for the public body to take final action upon in the afternoon’s regular meeting. None of the standing committees’ actions were posted for final action on the public body’s agenda for the afternoon regular meeting. However, the standing committees’ actions were posted on the standing committee’s agendas for the morning. The PAC found this process violates 105 ILCS 120/2.02(c). To stop the violations, the PAC suggested that the public body list the same description of actions on its agenda that the standing committees would consider during the morning meetings.