Maine Freedom of Information

The Maine Freedom of Access Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Maine.  The Freedom of Access Act also legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Pursuant to the Act, “the Legislature finds and declares that public proceedings exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business.  It is the intent of the Legislature that their actions be taken openly and that the records of their actions be open to public inspection and their deliberations be conducted openly.”

Furthermore, the Maine Open Meeting Law provides the methods by which open meetings are conducted.  Pursuant to the Act, “Except as otherwise provided by statute or by section 405, all public proceedings shall be open to the public, any person shall be permitted to attend any public proceeding and any record or minutes of such proceedings that is required by law shall be made promptly and shall be open to public inspection.”  The statement of purpose of the Open Meetings Act says, “it is further the intent of the Legislature that clandestine meetings, conferences or meetings held on private property without proper notice and ample opportunity for attendance by the public not be used to defeat the purposes of the subchapter.”


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