Open Government

I would like to welcome you to the Open Government section of the Attorney General's website. The Attorney General's Office works to ensure that South Dakota government is open and accessible to all citizens.

Listed below are the main categories of information included in this section

Open Meetings Commission:Established in July of 2004, this commission is comprised of 5 states attorneys who are appointed by the Attorney General. The commission reviews complaints of open meetings violations. The Commissions’ decisions, minutes, and case status is included here.

Publications: These publications are designed to educate and increase the public's access to their government. They also provide the information they need to enforce their rights to participate in open government and provide valuable information about state laws regarding public records and open meetings.

• Conducting the Public's Business in Public (brochure on Open Meetings)

 Public Records: State statutes regarding public records, SDCL ch. 1-27, may be found on the Legislature’s webpage at

 Disputes regarding public records are subject to an administrative proceeding governed primarily by the Office of Hearing Examiners, a separate agency of state government. Specifically the statutes referring to the public records dispute process and can be found at SDCL 1-27-35 through 1-27-41. These statutes can also be found on the Legislature’s webpage at

I hope that you find this information helpful and if you have any questions regarding Open Government please call us at 605-773-3215 or send an email to If you would like to view the Open Meeting agenda please go to To submit an upcoming State, County, or City meeting agenda, please provide your agenda in pdf format to the following address It is essential that we continue to devote time and resources to keeping government open and accessible to all South Dakotans.