Q&A: Administrative town council meeting

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From The Herald-Press (Huntington):

Q: Could you interpret what councilman Mike Rohler means when he says the Andrews Town Council can call an “administrative meeting” without having to give notice?

Wouldn’t an administrative meeting be subject to notice? 

A: Rohler is correct that the Open Door Law has a provision that allows county commissioners and town councils (where there is no mayor) to conduct meetings to receive information or recommendations, to carry out administrative functions, or to confer with staff members on matters relating to the internal management of the unit.

The provision relieves the council of the requirement to give notice of such a meeting.

However, it isn’t an executive session. So if you know when the meeting is to occur, you can attend it.

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

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