New Open Meetings Act notice requirements

Michigan’s Open Meetings Act meeting notice requirements have changed. Notices now must be on government websites, emergency meeting notice requirements have also changed.

There is now new government meeting notice requirements in Michigan. These new requirements are a result of a 2012 amendment to the Michigan Open Meetings Act.

At the end of the 2012 legislative session, 2012 Public Act 528 was passed. This amended subsections 5(4), 5(5), and adds a section 5(7) of the Open Meetings Act (MCL 15.265). The amendments add several new requirements to the notice provisions. In particular, the notice requirements have been changed with regard to special, irregular, and emergency notices, including requirements for online publishing of these notices. The changes to the Open Meetings Act took effect Dec. 28, 2012.

Below are the key points about meeting notice postings, emergency meetings and time posted. New provisions are noted below with “[NEW].” Other points include what has previously and still is required by the Open Meetings Act.

Meeting Postings

Emergency Meetings

Time Posted

More Information

An updated copy of the Open Meetings Act, as amended, is available courtesy of Michigan State University Extension. An MSU Extension pamphlet, Michigan Open Meetings Act Decision Tree, is designed to help local officials and citizens answer the following two questions:

  1. Is a body, organization, or other meeting subject to the Michigan Open Meetings Act?
  2. If so, can part of that open meeting be closed to the public?

The pamphlet flow chart, or decision tree, is based on the Open Meetings Act, Michigan attorney general opinions, and case law established by Michigan courts.

View a sample open meeting act notice