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Monday, January 7, 2008

(Longview) Daily News Editorial on Recording Executive Sessions

The (Longview) Daily News editorializes in support of the McKenna/Sonntag proposed legislation to require the recording of executive sessions. After describing a clear open-meetings violation last year by the Port of Longview, the editorial ends with this:

"An audio tape of the session would have provided a detailed record. Such records would be helpful to both those who have reason to suspect a public board had abused the executive-session exemption to the open meetings law and members of public boards in recalling exactly what was said in an executive session. Mostly, requiring audio recordings of these sessions would do much to reduce the instances in which the state open meetings law is violated. That's something lawmakers ought to agree is worth doing."