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Legislature Clarifies How the Open Meetings Law Applies to Elected Officials’ Email

As an elected official, you know email can be a useful tool to help you do parts of your job. However, you must be mindful of the legal constraints on your use of email, including how the Colorado Open Meetings Law (OML) applies to email discussions with your fellow city council or town board members. Sam Light, CIRSA General Counsel, provides insight on the OML’s core “openness” requirement as applied to your use of email, as well as recent amendments to the OML on this issue in our recent Blog Post.

We also encourage you to read the Email Suggestions for Elected & Appointed Officials handout Sam developed which contains suggested email “dos and don’ts.”