Q&A: Open Door Law violation


The following question came from The Times (Frankfort):

Q: Members of the city board of works and representatives of a private ambulance service attended the county commissioners meeting. When the commissioners refused to allow them time on the agenda, the board of works reportedly held a meeting with the ambulance service representatives at another location. There was no notice of this meeting. Does it violate the Open Door Law?

A: Yes. The board of works should have given 48 hours notice of the meeting with the ambulance service representatives. The violation opens the door for someone to challenge an action taken by the board that would be tied to this illegal meeting. That challenger could ask a judge to declare the action that was the fruit of the illegal meeting null and void.

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