Recording Closed Meetings

Local government officials should be aware that Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law requires most closed meetings to be electronically recorded. The law states “[a]ll closed meetings, except those closed as permitted by the attorney-client privilege, must be electronically recorded at the expense of the public body. Unless otherwise provided by law, the recordings must be preserved for at least three years after the date of the meeting.” For more information, see Minn. Stat. § 13D.05, subd. 1(d).

If you have questions about the Open Meeting Law or other information policy laws, please visit the website of Data Practices Office of the Minnesota Department of Administration.

Date this Avoiding Pitfall was most recently published: 11/9/2023