Q&A: Votes must be conducted in public

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From the Pulaski County Journal (Winamac):

Q: Can you clarify whether state law requires county commissioners to take a vote in a public meeting to suspend (in this case with pay) or terminate an employee, as they have done both this week.

They claim their employee policy handbook gives them the authority to do so without taking a vote, but that seems to fly in the face of the state law.

A: The commissioners can’t pass a policy that would trump state law. The law clearly says final actions (votes) must occur in a public meeting.

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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