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Sunshine Laws

Statutes that mandate that meetings of governmental agencies and departments be open to the public at large.

Through sunshine laws, administrative agencies are required to do their work in public, and as a result, the process is sometimes called "government in the sunshine." A law that requires open meetings ordinarily specifies the only instances when a meeting can be closed to the public and mandates that certain procedures be followed before a particular meeting is closed. The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C.A. § 552) requires agencies to share information they have obtained with the public. Exceptions are permitted, in general, in the interest of national security or to safeguard the privacy of businesses.

Cross-references

Administrative Agency; Administrative Law and Procedure.

sunshine laws

noun availability of government documents, availability of government information, availlbility of governmental records, freedom of information laws, freely available government information, open access to government information laws, open government laws
Associated concepts: Freedom of Information Act
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State, the Colorado courts determined that the sunshine law, which applies to the Colorado General Assembly, also includes legislative caucus meetings at which public business is discussed.

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