State open meeting law citations

Any law library (law school, courthouse) — and many public libraries — will carry your state’s statute books. In addition, most state laws are now available online. Free online legal research sites such as can assist you in obtaining a copy of your state’s law. Two other sites are particularly worth mentioning:

  • The National Freedom of Information Coalition Web site includes information and useful links to state FOI sources in every state.
  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press publishes an online version of its 1,300-page, 50-state publication, Tapping Officials’ Secrets, that includes detailed explanations and legal analysis of state open meetings and open records law geared specifically to reporters. The appendix also includes the text for most state’s laws. Every student newsroom should have a hard copy of at least their own state’s guide.

Citations, by state

Alabama Ala. Code Sec. 13A-14-2
Alaska Alaska Statute Secs. 44.62.310 to 44.62.312
Arizona Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann Secs. 38-431 to 38-431.09
Arkansas Ark. Stat. Ann. Secs. 25-19-106
California Cal. Gov’t Code Secs. 9027 to 9031 (assembly and senate); 11120 to 11132 (state agencies); 54950 to 54963
Colorado Colo. Rev. Stat. Secs. 24-6-401, 24-6-402
Connecticut Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. Secs. 1-225 to 1-240
Delaware Del. Code Ann. Tit. 29, Secs. 10001 to 10002; 10004 to 10005
District of Columbia D.C. Code Ann. Sec. 1-207.42
Florida Fla. Stat. Ann. Sec. 286.0115
Georgia Ga. Code Ann. Secs. 50-14-1 to 50-14-6
Hawaii Haw. Rev. Stat. Secs. 92-1 to 92-13
Idaho Idaho Code Secs. 67-2340 to 67-2347
Illinois 5 Ill. Rev. Stat. 120/1 to 120/6
Indiana Ind. Code Ann. Secs. 5-14-1.5-1 to 5-14-1.5-8
Iowa Iowa Code Ann. Secs. 21.1 to 21.11
Kansas Kan. Stat. Ann. Secs. 75-4317 to 75-4320a
Kentucky Ky. Rev. Stat. Secs. 61.800 to 61.850
Louisiana La. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 42:4.1 to 42:13
Maine Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Tit. 1 Secs. 401 to 410
Maryland Md. State Gov’t Code Ann. Secs. 10-501 to 10-512
Massachusetts Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. Ch. 30A, Secs. 11A, 11A 1/2 (state); Ch. 34, Secs. 9F, 9G (county), Ch. 39, Secs. 23A to 24 (municipal)
Michigan Mich. Stat. Ann. Secs. 15.261 to 15.275
Minnesota Minn. Stat. Ann. Secs. 13D.01 to 13D.07
Mississippi Miss. Code Ann. Secs. 25-41-1 to 25-41-17
Missouri Mo. Ann. Stat. Secs. 610.010 to 610.022
Montana Mont. Const. Art. II Sec. 9; Mont. Code. Ann. Secs. 2-3-201 to 2-3-221
Nebraska Neb. Rev. Stat. Secs. 84-1408 to 84-1414
Nevada Nev. Rev. Stat. Secs. 241.010 to 241.040
New Hampshire N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. Secs. 91-A:1 to 91-A:9
New Jersey N.J. Stat. Ann. Secs. 10:4-6 to 10:4-21
New Mexico N.M. Stat. Ann. Secs. 10-15-1 to 10-15-4
New York N.Y. Pub. Off. Law Secs. 100 to 111
North Carolina N.C. Gen. Stat. Secs. 143-318.9 to 143-318.18
North Dakota N.D. Const. Art. XI, Sec. 5; N.D. Cent. Code Secs. 44-04-19 to 44-04-21.3
Ohio Ohio Rev. Code Ann. Sec. 121.22
Oklahoma Okla. Stat. Ann. Tit. 25, Secs. 301 to 314
Oregon Or. Rev. Stat. Secs. 192.610 to 192.695
Pennsylvania Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. Tit. 65 Secs. 701 to 71
Rhode Island R.I. Gen. Laws Secs. 42-46-1 to 42-46-14
South Carolina S.C. Code Ann. Secs. 30-4-60 to 30-4-110
South Dakota S.D. Codified Laws Ann. Secs. 1-25-1 to 1-25-9
Tennessee Tenn. Code Ann. Secs. 8-44-101 to 8-44-201
Texas Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. Secs. 551.001 to 551.146
Utah Utah Code Ann. Secs. 52-4-1 to 52-4-10
Vermont Vt. Stat. Ann. tit.1 Secs. 311 to 314
Virginia Va. Code Ann. Secs. 2.2-3707 to 2.2-3714
Washington Wash. Rev. Code Ann. Secs. 42.30.010 to 42.30.920
West Virginia W.Va. Code Secs. 6-9A-1 to 6-9A-12
Wisconsin Wis. Stat. Ann. Secs. 19.81 to 19.98
Wyoming Wyo. Stat. Ann. Secs. 16-4-401 to 16-4-407