Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich



Open Meeting Law

The Attorney General’s Office has established the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) to handle inquiries and conduct investigations and enforcement proceedings relating to complaints of violations of the Open Meeting Law. Investigations are conducted when OMLET receives a signed, written complaint that describes conduct that, if verified, would constitute a violation.

OMLET receives a number of calls each year alleging that homeowner associations have violated Arizona's Open Meeting Law (A.R.S. §§ 38-431 - 431.09). Open Meeting Law does not apply to homeowner associations. Although not subject to Arizona's Open Meeting Law, homeowner associations are strongly encouraged to always conduct public meetings which are properly noticed.

Open Meeting Law Complaint Form

Arizona Agency Handbook: Chapter 7: Open Meetings

AZ Open Meeting Law Statutes

Title 38 - Public Officers and Employees: Chapter 3 Conduct of Office :Article 3.1 Public Meetings and Proceedings: A.R.S. §§ 38-431 to 431.09

38-431 Definitions
38-431.01 Meetings shall be open to the public
38-431.02 Notice of meetings
38-431.03 Executive sessions
38-431.04 Writ of mandamus
38-431.05 Meeting held in violation of article; business transacted null and void; ratification
38-431.06 Investigations; written investigative demands
38-431.07 Violations; enforcement; removal from office; in camera review
38-431.08 Exceptions; limitation
38-431.09 Declaration of public policy

Open Meeting Law Opinions

March 11, 2008 Re: Effect of an Open Meeting Law Violation Concerning an Improperly Noticed Agenda Item on the Validity of Properly Noticed Agenda Items
No. I08-001 (R08-001)

December 24, 2007 Re: Open Meeting Law and Comments to the Media Concerning Issues that May Come Before a Public Body
No. I07-013 (R07-028)

January 29, 2007 Re: Application of Open Meeting Laws to Board of Trustees created under A.R.S. § 11-952.01.
No I07-001, (R06-037)

July 25, 2005 Re: Open Meeting Law Requirements and E-mail to and from Members of a Public Body
No. I05-004 (R05-010

May 2, Re: Applicability of Open Meeting Law to Corporate Board of Directors of a Charter School Operator
I00-009 (R99-013)

March 5, Re: Open Meeting Law-Use of an Open Call to the Public 
I99-006 (R99-002)

Common Questions Related to Public Records, Meetings and Information

Although official documents and government meetings, as a general rule, are open to the public, there are always questions about specific cases. Here, the Arizona Attorney General's Office answers some common questions related to public records, public meetings and public information.

The Sunshine Week Quiz published by the Arizona Republic on March 16, 2008 as part of a series on Sunshine Week, a nationwide discussion about the importance of protecting public access to government.

Ombudsman Training (Including Open Meeting Law)

Other Agency Publications