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OPMA and PRA Practice Tips and Checklists

This page provides checklists and tip sheets that were developed by MRSC, in partnership with the State Auditor's Center for Government Innovation, to provide practical guidance for local agencies on the Public Records Act (PRA) and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).

It is part of MRSC's series on the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.



Public Records Act (PRA) Checklists

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PRA: Agency Obligations: a Starting Point

The PRA establishes basic procedural requirements that each agency must adopt. Use this checklist as a start for PRA compliance. Revised March 2021.

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PRA: How to Perform an Adequate Search

The PRA requires that agencies perform an adequate search to locate records responsive to a public records request. Use these practice tips to guide your agency's search for responsive records. Revised March 2021.

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PRA: Electronic Records – PRA and Records Retention Practice Tips

Electronic records can pose unique challenges for agencies related to records retention and the requirements of the PRA. Use these practice tips to guide your agency’s compliance with the PRA and records retention law in the context of electronic records. Revised March 2021.

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PRA: Electronic Records – PRA and Records Retention Do’s and Don’ts

Rules governing electronic records can be complicated so it can be helpful to have guidance on what’s allowed, and what’s not, regarding common types of records. Use these Do’s and Don’ts to help guide your agency’s compliance with the PRA  and records retention laws as these laws relate to electronic records. Revised March 2021.

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Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) Checklists

OPMA: Agency Obligations: A Starting Point

The basic requirement of the OPMA is that meetings of governing bodies be open and public. Use these practice tips to guide your agency's OPMA compliance. Revised May 2021.

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OPMA: Notice Requirements

Under the OPMA, to ensure that agency deliberations and other actions are conducted and taken openly, agencies are required to provide sufficient public notice of their meetings. Use these practice tips as a starting guide for OPMA notice requirements. Revised May 2021.

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OPMA: Executive Session Procedures

The OPMA requires specific steps be taken in order to hold an executive session. Use this checklist to guide your agency's compliance with the OPMA related to executive sessions. Revised May 2021.

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OPMA: Electronic Communications Practice Tips

Use of electronic records by members of a local government’s governing body can implicate the OPMA. Use these practice tips to guide your agency’s OPMA compliance in the context of electronic records. Revised May 2021.

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Last Modified: August 10, 2021