Saturday, April 28, 2007

"Retreats" are clear violation of open meetings law

More and more city and county officials are having "retreats." In many cases, these are very clear VIOLATIONS of open meetings laws and should be stopped. Retreats are a very thinly veiled attempt to escape public scrutiny. Public business should be discussed in a readily available public place known to citizens, not some out of the way "retreat."

HERE is an article about  a recent retreat by Murfreesboro officials. A retreat by definition is an escape from the normal public meeting venue. It almost always involves discussion of substantial issues (why else would you have it) and many times involves a quorum.

The idea that public officials need an escape from the public is pure arrogance. If you want an escape from public scrutiny then go get a job in the private sector.