If you have any questions please contact the Coordinator, Valerie Lafferty
March 16 - 7:00 -8:00 p.m. Government Transparency: Let the Sunshine IN!, a webinar highlighting the importance of transparency in government honoring Sunshine Week. The participants are Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio Program Director & Co-host of “It’s Just Politics” and Kyle Kaminski, Managing Editor & writer of The City Pulse. For more information click here.
Why the Observer Corps? Relevant Articles
PBS – A Tumultuous Times in the New Business – 2/23/2021
New York Times – How the Collapse of Local News is Causing a ‘National Crisis’ – 11/20/2019
The Atlantic – Local News is Dying and American Have No Idea – 3/26/2019
Washington Post – Massive Investment in Social Studies & Civics Education Proposed to Address Eroding Trust in Democratic Institutions – 3/1/2021
Washington Post – The Battle Over Climate Change is Boiling Over on the Home Front – 2/23/2021
LWVUS Observing Your Government in Action – Protecting Your Right to Know!
In a Nutshell: The public has the right to access meetings of almost all governmental bodies at the state and local levels. A “meeting” is defined as any gathering of a simple majority of members of a governmental body for information gathering or fact finding or to discuss or take action regarding official business or policy.
The Public (LWVLA Observer Corps volunteers) has the right to expect notice in advance of the meeting and the right to inspect and copy meeting minutes.
Notice of the regularly scheduled meetings should be published within 10 days of the first meeting each year.
Meeting minutes are required and must be made available to the Public for inspection.
Most governmental bodies have their own websites where this information is posted.
The Public has the right to comment, according to the rules established by the governmental body you are observing. For example, many meetings allow time at the beginning of a meeting and at the end of the meeting for public comment.