Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–574. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Meeting” means any gathering of a quorum of the members of a public body, including hearings and roundtables, whether formal or informal, regular, special, or emergency, at which the members consider, conduct, or advise on public business, including gathering information, taking testimony, discussing, deliberating, recommending, and voting, regardless whether held in person, by telephone, electronically, or by other means of communication. The term “meeting” shall not include:

(A) A chance or social gathering; provided, that it is not held to avoid the provisions of this paragraph; or

(B) A press conference.

(2) "Office of Open Government" means the Office of Open Government established by § 1-1162.05b.

(3) “Public body” means any government council, including the Council of the District of Columbia, board, commission, or similar entity, including a board of directors of an instrumentality, a board which supervises or controls an agency, or an advisory body that takes official action by the vote of its members convened for such purpose. The term “public body” shall not include:

(A) A District agency or instrumentality (other than the board which supervises or controls an agency or the board of directors of an instrumentality);

(B) The District of Columbia courts;

(C) Governing bodies of individual public charter schools;

(D) The Mayor’s cabinet;

(E) The professional or administrative staff of public bodies when they meet outside the presence of a quorum of those bodies; or

(F) Advisory Neighborhood Commissions; provided, that this subchapter shall not affect the requirements set forth in § 1-309.11.


(Oct. 21, 1968, Pub. L. 90-614, title IV, § 404; as added Mar. 31, 2011, D.C. Law 18-350, § 2, 58 DCR 734; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 1084(b), 65 DCR 9388.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-575.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1084(b) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1084(b) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).