Request: Did the State Board of Higher Education violate the open meetings laws by discussing items of public business at a social event, thereby making the social event subject to the open meetings laws?
Conclusion: The State Board of Higher Education held a social event held the night before its regular meeting. A quorum of the Board attended the social and the Board’s Chair made welcoming remarks that included reference to items on the agenda of the next day’s regular Board meeting. The Chair’s remarks did not go into the substance of the agenda items. These general comments were ministerial in nature and because no public business was discussed, there was no violation of the law.