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July 2, 2009
Chapman Improves Open Meetings Website

MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State Beth Chapman continues to increase access for the public by improving the functionality of the Open Meetings Act website.


The Open Meetings Act provides the public with greater access to state and local government. This law guarantees that Alabama's citizens have open access to agencies, boards, commissions, and other governmental bodies which conduct the people's business.


The Secretary of State’s office, since going online with the Open Meetings Act website in 2005, has registered more than 550 public organizations, and hundreds of individuals who have registered to receive notifications concerning meeting times and dates.


The new improvements to the site allow more transparency, and are more user-friendly for the general public, registered individuals requesting email notifications for meeting public information, and for the governmental bodies who post their meetings. The Open Meetings Act website now offers the following improvements:


--Registering to receive notifications is easier

--Finding specific organizations is now faster, and the listing is now searchable

--The Open Meetings Act, enacted in 2005, is now on the website

--The HELP Menus have been expanded and improved

--Navigation of results is easier with page numbers at the bottom of each page


“My staff and I are proud to offer these improvements in the processes of how the Secretary of State’s Office operates for Alabama,” stated Secretary Chapman, “the Open Meetings Act website is yet one more way that we provide transparency in our effort to be more efficient and effective.”


You may learn more about the Open Meetings Act website by visiting



For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: