To Idaho Media:
From Lawrence G. Wasden, Idaho Attorney General
Open and honest government is fundamental to a free society. The Idaho Legislature formalized our state’s commitment to open government by enacting the Idaho Open Meeting Law in 1974. The Open Meeting Law codifies a simple, but fundamental, Idaho value: The public’s business ought to be done in public.
In 2009, the Legislature made important changes to the Open Meeting Law. Those changes are
incorporated in this new edition of the Idaho Open Meeting Law Manual.
One of my duties as Attorney General is to ensure that state agencies and officials comply with the Idaho
Open Meeting Law. The 44 elected county prosecuting attorneys have the same duty with regard to agencies and officials of local government.
My office is committed to assisting Idaho’s state and local officials in complying with their obligation
under this law. Toward that end, my office regularly conducts training sessions for state and local officials
My Intergovernmental and Fiscal Law Division has prepared this updated manual for your use and
reference. This manual’s purpose is to inform everyone of the government’s obligation and the people’s rights under Idaho’s Open Meeting Law. If you have further questions, feel free to call your city or county prosecuting attorney or my office at (208) 334-2400.
LAWRENCE G. WASDEN