Thursday, February 28, 2008

MED Hospital to challenge Open Meeting Law

If you don't want to open your meetings to the public then don't accept money from the taxpayers.


However, those plans would be subject to "sunshine laws" if a hospital's board adopts a strategy agreed upon behind closed doors. Also, after the plan is adopted by the board, all documents, including feasibility studies, would then be subject to open records laws.

"Everybody but The Commercial Appeal understands that you cannot negotiate something this sensitive and proprietary in nature in public," Holcomb told the hospital's finance board.

The bill is slated for discussion by the Senate State and Local Government Committee March 3. Senate bill 3623 is carried by Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro). The House version is carried by Rep. Ulysses Jones Jr. (D-Memphis).