Holding Board Meetings During Times of Emergency

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health recommendations for social distancing, we want to remind relief association trustees that statute permits meetings by telephone or other electronic means in some emergency situations, including a health pandemic, if certain conditions are met. Meeting by telephone or other electronic means allows relief association’s to hold board meetings safely and still be in compliance with the Open Meeting Law.

The Data Practices Office of the Minnesota Department of Administration is the state office with oversight of the Open Meeting law. The Data Practices Office has issued helpful guidance and compiled resources to help entities understand open meeting requirements while the emergency is ongoing. The resources can be accessed on the Data Practices website.   

Published last in the June 2020 Pension Newsletter