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Friday, October 11, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Morristown town attorney writes response to Open Door Law complaints"

From Nick Cusack at the Shelbyville News, this report:

After dealing with two Open Door Law complaints, the Morristown Town Council read a reply submitted by town attorney Mark McNeely Wedensday night.

The reply was made to the Indiana Office of the Public Access Counselor from McNeely, who was not at the meeting, but provided each council member with a copy of the response. The document was in response to a complaint made to the Public Access Counselor about a meeting where some members of the public could not enter the meeting because the room was too full.

The meeting was one where a Tenaska representative gave a question and answer presentation. Tenaska has been thinking about building a power plant in Morristown, and that idea has met with some resistance.

"The Open Door Law does not specifically require that a governing body meet in a room of any particular size, or that it meet in a room that can seat or otherwise accommodate every person that desire to attend the meeting," McNeely wrote.

The complaint also said that some people didn't get a chance to talk, which McNeely similarly dismissed, saying the law gives no right for people to speak during meetings, just that they have the ability to observe and record.

The Public Access Counselor has not released a decision yet.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 11, 2013 01:49 PM
Posted to Indiana Government