Q&A: Executive session during regular meeting?


From The Mail-Journal (Milford):

Q: A town council plans to hold an executive session during the middle of its next regular meeting. Is that allowed under the Open Door Law?

A: No. Going into a closed-door session during the middle of a public meeting is prohibited, unless a situation is specifically permitted by law. See IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(e).

This prevents a governing body from going behind closed doors until the public gives up and goes home and then coming back into a public meeting to vote on a controversial proposal.

The restriction protects the public’s right to know.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.