Simplify Transparency with Legislative Board Meeting Software

OpenMeeting has quickly evolved into a leading legislative board meeting management software that simplifies meeting transparency.

Government transparency is vital to all governments, including local governments. City councils and county boards across the country are improving their meetings by utilizing the OpenMeeting platform. There are a variety of tools within the platform that help everyone involved in the meeting. These tools all offer features that promote transparency within board meetings.


Meeting Manager automatically and accurately records and time stamps all details of the meeting. From roll call to adjournment, Meeting Manager logs all meeting activity including motions, seconds, amendments, requests to speak and votes. Meeting Manager does this tedious task automatically and allows clerks to focus on keeping the meeting on track and running smoothly. The meeting notes are stored in a text file that can be easily accessed anytime to produce meeting minutes or reference any details of the meeting. This provides citizens with the ability to access past meeting information, if they aren’t able to attend a meeting for any reason.


While facilitating good discussion during meetings is important, there are certain processes and procedures that must be followed in order for the board to fulfill its primary purpose of making critical decisions about items on the meeting agenda. The Discussion Manager helps take on this detailed responsibility and ensures these processes are followed. It is up to the Board Chair to ensure that proper procedures are maintained.


The Member App is the real-time, simultaneous, single click voting feature of the OpenMeeting platform. When it is time to weigh in and make decisions, board members are shown a simple interface requiring a single click to cast their vote at the same time as every other board member. Not only does this speed up the voting process significantly, but it also removes undue influence, which in-turn, increases transparency of the voting process. Plus, the results are tabulated and displayed immediately with all details of the vote recorded behind the scenes automatically. Everything is clear and accountable and the time it saves busy board members is invaluable.


In a typical public government meeting, citizens do their best despite technological and environmental challenges to follow the discussion and direction of the meeting. Unfortunately, audio alone is not sufficient to ensure that onlookers are able to understand and comprehend what is being debated and when the discussion has moved to new topics. That’s what makes the simplicity of the Public Display so powerful. The ability to show on screen what is currently being discussed increases the ability to maintain transparency with citizens. This greatly reduces confusion and frustration that comes all too easily to concerned public onlookers and makes for more positive and productive meetings.

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