The past two decades have evidenced a growing criticism and intolerance of "closed sessions" or "secret meetings" in the operation of government. As a result of this increased disapproval, most states enacted some form of "open meeting" legislation designed to give the public a legal right to attend meetings of state and local governing bodies. The purpose of these statutes has been to maintain the faith of the public in governmental agencies by allowing citizen attendance and participation in all phases of the decision making process. Citizens must be able to go behind the decisions of government and hear discussion on the issues in order to obtain the background necessary to make intelligent decisions at election time.