Is 4-H Council regulated by the Ohio Open Meetings Act?

Asked July 7, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

Is 4-H Council regulated by the Ohio Open Meetings Act?

Allen County Ohio

1 Response

This response comes from the perspective of the State 4-H Leader in Ohio. It has not been reviewed by legal experts. It appears that the Ohio Open Meetings Act is relevant to public officials. County 4-H Advisory Committees are volunteers who have been selected/ elected to give “advice” to the Extension 4-H Educator. The committee works with the County Extension 4-H Educator to help determine 4-H program needs and direction in concert with state and national policy. Members of the committee represent the 4-H environment in the county. Roberts Rules of Order are the basis for conducting business, and there are common elements in by-laws of these 4-H affiliate organizations that detail the operation of the committee, e.g. definition of a quorum, members in good standing. 4-H Committees operate at the pleasure of the County 4-H Educator. That being said, I would see no reason why any meeting of a 4-H committee could not be attended by people who are not members of that committee. Open dialogue about the expansion and improvement of the county 4-H program is beneficial. The finances of these committees should be public, and 4-H committees do not deal with personnel matters. Of course, when it came to a committee decision on a recommendation or expenditure, after the open dialogue, only those actual members of the committee would be permitted to vote. I am willing to further discuss this if there is a need, either by phone or direct email. Tom Archer 614-247-8103 archer.3@osu.edu