Thursday, December 27, 2007

Elected officials MAY talk to press says AZ AG

without violating the open meetings law. Yes, Virginia, a lawyer actually advised public officials in Arizona that talking to the press might violate open meetings laws. Thankfully, the State AG did not go along with this insanity.

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In January, Kim Clark, attorney for the Scottsdale Unified School District, wrote a column in The Scottsdale Republic arguing why elected officials should not discuss in the media any issues they expect to go to a vote.

She stated that doing so possibly could discourage public discussion at subsequent public meetings, closing constituents out of the process.

Clark could not be reached for comment after Monday's issued opinion.

HT: FOI FYI