AZ Supreme Court to Decide Friday Whether GOP Legislator Attendance at ALEC Conferences Triggers Open Meeting Law

On Friday December 30, 2022, the Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether GOP members of the Arizona Legislature are subject to the Arizona Open Meeting Law (OML) when they attend conferences hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The trial court accepted the Legislature’s argument that the “political question” doctrine precluded court review about whether the Legislature was exempt from the OML under the circumstances, but the Court of Appeals reversed. The Supreme Court will settle the question.

Subjecting an ALEC conference to the OML might radically affect GOP members’ propensity to attend those conferences in the future.

The Supreme Court’s summary of the case is here. The case is Puente v. Arizona State Legislature.

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