Open Meetings Act

All meetings of the Dallas City Council, City Council Committees and City Boards and Commissions are subject to the requirements of the Open Meetings Act. The Open Meetings Act (“Act”) codified in Chapter 551 of the Government Code provides that all meetings must be open to the public except for expressly authorized closed sessions. The Act provides that notice of the meetings must be given to the public and must (1) be in writing indicating the date, hour, and place of the meetings, (2) specifically describe the subject matter of the meetings so that the public will know what will be discussed, and (3) be posted in a place readily accessible to the general public at all times for at least 72 hours proceeding the scheduled time of the meeting. Notice of City meetings are posted on a bulletin board located at an entrance to the Dallas City Hall, which is readily accessible to the public 24 hours per day, and in the City Secretary’s Office. The Act authorizes meetings to be closed to (1) seek legal advice from the City Attorney, (2) to discuss the purchase, exchange or lease of real property, (3) to discuss personnel matters, (4) to discuss a contract for prospective gifts or donations to the City, (5) to discuss the deployment or specific occasions for security personnel or devices and (6) to deliberate regarding economic development negotiations. If there are any questions concerning the Open Meetings Act, please refer to the Office of the Texas Attorney General's website.