Old law gets new ‘teeth’

Published 6:00 am Monday, March 24, 2003

It took 28 years, but it looks like Mississippi will finally putsome “teeth” into its Open Meetings law.

Under a law sent to the governor Friday, public boards thatintentionally shut citizens out of meetings that are supposed to beopen would be fined $100. The board would also have to pay legalexpenses if they’re successfully sued over a board closing.

This newspaper has long stressed the importance of conductingthe public’s business in public. Hopefully, the new fine will beenough incentive to keep boards from retreating behind closeddoors.

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