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The Alabama Open Meetings Law is designed to ensure public bodies conduct deliberations and take actions in an open setting so the public is informed about government decision-making. Alabama’s current open meetings law was enacted by the State Legislature in 2005, and was revised for the first time in 2015.

While a periodic review of the Open Meetings Law is highly recommended, the Association has prepared an overview to help county leaders better understand when and how the provisions of the law are applied:

Alabama’s Open Meetings Law


Section 1 – Meetings and Deliberation
Section 2 – Notice and Procedural Requirements
Section 3 – Executive Sessions
Section 4 – Enforcement of the Open Meetings Law
Section 5 – The Open Meetings Law | Ala. Code § 36-25A-1 et seq.
Section 6 – County Commission Notice Requirements  | Ala. Code § 11-3-8

The following samples might also be helpful
to affirm county governments are in compliance with the Open Meetings Law:

Rules of Procedures, Public Notice & Media Contact Record, Sample Letters | Executive Sessions

Rules of Procedure for Commission Meetings
  • Overview of Rules of Procedure, Record Keeping and Recording of Meetings
  • Model Rules of Procedure
  • Model Policy | Recording of Meetings

Public Notice & Media Contact Records
Sample Letters | Executive Session

Required documentation to support executive sessions to discuss:

  • A Legal Matter
  • A Criminal Investigation
  • Negotiations Related to Trade or Commerce
  • Public Employee Negotiations