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New Legislation Would Clamp Down On Executive Metting Rules

Submitted Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:14am by Andy Alm

HARRISBURG – New legislation proposed in the House would make it more difficult for governing bodies to make behind-closed-doors decisions.  Currently the Sunshine Law allows public  boards to meet in executive sessions, which are closed to the public, to discuss personnell, legal, and other issues of a sensitive nature that may intrude upon the privacy rights of others.

The new law would still allow these behind closed doors meetings, but would make some key changes.  . Specifically, HB 1671 would significantly narrow the scope of what employment issues may be discussed in executive session, require disclosure of the employee or prospective or former employee’s name before the executive session may be held, create the need for a legal opinion prior to holding an executive session, and mandate that these private sessions be recorded.

Representative Brad Roae is on the committee that is supporting this legislation.

He says no one would be allowed to access the recording unless there is a legal reason, in which case the footage would be reviewed by a judge.

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