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Alaska editorial: Officials need refresher on open-meeting laws

...been sworn into local office, it's an appropriate time to do our at-least annual reminder about the state's open meetings law. Though we don't expect local politicians to be lawyers, we do expect them to know the law that governs their...
Citizens call for openness in legislative discussions

...way the situation is now with these closed-door meetings." The Legislature in 1994 made itself exempt from the open meetings law that covers local government in Alaska but adopted a requirement that lawmakers abide by "open meetings principles...
Capitol Notebook: In sum, not-so-beautiful minds

...But wait. Wouldn't taking a vote on a major policy matter behind closed doors violate at least the spirit of the open meetings law? It depends on which doors, apparently. Williams says that the vote didn't occur during the actual Republican...
Dems may mull Senate choice in secret

...majority leader. He also was the Senate Democrat leader prior to the current bipartisan coalition. He said the Alaska Open Meetings Law does not apply in this case. "It's not a public decision; it's a decision of the Democratic caucus," he...
City's ban on taping draws sunshine suit

...the meeting," Palmer said today. The state's open meetings law which requires that a panel set up by government to...bound to increase suspicion about government." The open meetings law might not cover subgroups of the work sessions that...
Berners group takes 'timeout'

...for the meeting when it was postponed, Russell said. "I just see it as a minor timeout to review how does the open meetings law apply and certainly how does it apply when you have an open litigant who is wanting to participate on the very subject...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...executive session relating to school board vacancies are null and void because of the illegality of that meeting.'' Open meetings law exceptions for personnel discussions usually relate to hirings, firings or disciplinary matters. Bush said the...
Grussendorf jockeys for support in Senate

...Ellis did not return phone calls Monday, and it is not clear whether the Democrats will comply with the Alaska Open Meetings Law for their decision. Juneau party leaders on Sunday said they stood behind their nomination of Kerttula, and asked...
Alaska editorial: Scrutiny needed in bridge bosses' raises

...finances of the Authority." The wording is standard fare for justifying entry into executive session from Alaska open meetings law, but it is a line that should be used judiciously and be delivered with justification beyond simply citing statute...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...the Legislature, he said. If the Fish and Game hearing was the catalyst, then the concern should be whether the open meetings law was followed, not whether regulatory reform is needed, Ayers said. And the mariculture issue might be more complicated...


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