Q&A: Voluteer group meetings subject to Open Door Law?

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From The News-Dispatch (Michigan City):

Q: We have a local summer festival volunteer board that serves as the organizational entity for community parades, festivals and other events each year. They are not paid and do not receive any funding from city or state entities.

A local attorney says the volunteer board’s meetings should be subject to the Open Door Law. Is that true? 

A: If it’s just a loosely knit group of volunteers that are not subsidized by local government and wasn’t created by a government agency, the board would not be subject to the requirements of the Open Door Law even though it does a public good or service.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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