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1. What do I need to know about the open records and meetings laws?
2. What can happen if we violate the law?
3. You mean I can be charged with a crime for violating the open records and meetings laws?
4. What is a "meeting?"
5. Are committees required to be open?
6. How can we properly hold a closed meeting?
7. When is notice required?
8. What are we supposed to do with a meeting notice?
9. Can we add items to the agenda of a meeting?
10. Is everything in a government office a "record"?
11. What are we supposed to do when we receive a request for records?
12. How can we properly deny a request for records?
13. Can we require requesters to identify themselves and explain why they want the requested records, or at least make them put the request in writing?
14. Are we required to give unsupervised access to open records?
15. Do we have to make copies of records and mail the records to the requester?
16. What can we charge if a person requests records?
17. Do we have to separate non-public information from public information?
18. What are North Dakota open meetings law?
19. When do North Dakota open meeting laws apply?
20. What does quorum mean?
21. What does public business mean?
22. Do open meeting laws apply to social gatherings where a quorum of board members are present?
23. Do open meeting laws apply to city council or city commission members attending an association meeting when either individual memebrs or the city council or city commission belongs to the association?
24. When do open meeting laws apply to a committee meeting?
25. If open meeting laws apply to a committee meeting, what additional requirements does the committee need to comply with?
26. Can a governing body make a decision by email in lieu of having an open meeting?