The county can't seem to get in step
with the Open Meeting Law (OML)

The gist of the OML is simple:  public meetings should be public.

Strict compliance with the OML is required, and any ambiguity is to be interpreted in favor of openness.

If the OML is violated at a meeting, all votes at the meeting are null and void (although our state attorney general has rewritten this law, in a bad opinion).  The written statutes are more detailed, of course.  Here's a website about them:

The County has a record of violating the OML; it's much more comfortable for an "old boys net" to run the county out of public view.  

Sometimes the violations are technical, because the County has a hard time keeping up with state law.

For instance, the County's "Public Notice and Current Agenda" page listed this item for October 9, 2009:  "12:00 PM Lunch and discussion with Col Tim Faulkner, Garrison Commander, Fort Huachuca in the BOS Executive Conference Room."  At least two Supes said they would attend to discuss important matters for the County.  Two is a quorum, and the OML requires that when there's a public meeting of a quorum, notice "shall include an agenda of the matters to be discussed ... or information on how the public may obtain a copy of such an agenda ... at least twenty-four hours before the meeting," and "Agendas ... shall list the specific matters to be discussed, considered or decided at the meeting."  That requirement was brought to the attention of the County before the meeting, but there was no response.

Another example:  the OML was amended, in July 2009, to require at least 24 hours notice of a meeting (and this notice is to include the agenda), but the 24 hours "excludes holidays prescribed in [ARS 1-]301."  Columbus Day is such a holiday, so the 24 hours couldn't include any part of Monday.  Regardless, the County posted notice on Monday, October 12, of a meeting on Tuesday.  An inquiry was emailed to the County, but there was no answer, and the meeting proceeded as if there were no problem with the OML.

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