Ind. commissioner seeks open door ruling

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An eastern Indiana county commissioner has asked the state's public access counselor to determine if county officials' gatherings following public meetings violate the state's Open Door law.

Wayne County Commissioner Mary Anne Butters says in her request for an informal opinion that members of the County Council and county commissioners have held "meetings after meetings" that included a quorum of members and were not announced to the public or media.

County attorney Ron Cross says the meetings were social gatherings and don't violate the law. But Butters tells the Palladium-Item she disagrees and needs "some resolution" on the matter.

She believes those attending post-meeting luncheons and pizza dinners are deliberating and receiving information about county business and therefore violate the Open Door Law.

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