Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ind. Gov't. - Still more on: "Ritz sues GOP education board: Claims draft of A-F letter broke Open Door Law"
Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, the ILB wrote a section that began:
Sometime later (it is not clear whether it was the same day), but after the Board meeting in the video had adjourned, various Board members communicated with each other.Could this communication, which resulted in the letter sent to the House and Senate leaders, be considered a secret "meeting" that resulted in official action in violation of the Open Door Law? Barb Berggoetz's story this morning in the Indianapolis Star and other Gannet papers illustrates how it could be so interpreted:
Gerry Lanosga, president of the Indiana Coalition for Open Government and an Indiana University assistant professor of journalism, said the “round-robin emails” ought to be considered an “electronic” meeting and not allowed under the law.
“They took an official action, and by the spirit of the law, it should be done in public,” Lanosga said. “But the statute is not well-worded enough that they may be able to get away with it — but it’s still bad policy.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 24, 2013 09:39 AM
Posted to Indiana Government