Minnesota Freedom of Information
The Minnesota Data Practices Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies at all levels in the state. The Minnesota Data Practices Act “establishes a presumption that government data are public and are accessible by the public for both inspection and copying unless there is federal law, a state statute, or a temporary classification of data that provides that certain data are not public.” Moreover, Minnesota law requires the dissemination of information with regard to procedures for DPA requests within each department.
Section 471.705 of the Minnesota Statutes provides the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. It legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. The act requires that all minutes, including subjects discussed and votes, be recorded in a journal and made available for public viewing during normal business hours at the public agencies office. Furthermore, the act permits the use of telecommunication methods so long as it does not infringe on the public’s right to participate and every member of the body can be seen and heard by all other members.