It should be punishable by hanging, just like any other breach of the public trust by an elected official.
Wow, what a great idea. Who do you think is going to be willing to run for public office if a mistaken vote to go into private session might result in jail time? Just what we needed - yet another reason for sane people not to run for office.
You of all people know that occasions develop when open meetings laws are breached but the specific board doesn't realize they have breached and the breach wasn't done on purpose or to keep the public uninformed. Why would we seek action against this when intentional or repeated violation should be what we prosecute?
Afraid that the next meeting between City Council and the Atlanta Braves would have to be publicized? And minutes divulged?
I think this law should be retro active......
Mr. T do you really believe that? They normally have a lawyer at the meetings. I would think it would be their job to inform the board that they are in violation.
So, yes they know they are breaking the law.
Why? Well perhaps it's a history showing that once you give a politician a break or an inch they tend to take a yard?
Politicians are tasked with spending OUR money - they need to do so judiciously - but OPENLY. The same holds true even if the meetings are non-spending in nature.
Goolsby's law is saying we're taking this seriously.
Entities like council or County Commission CAN still go into closed session for specific discussions (like personnel issues) or other things.
What is your concern?
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. People who serve on these boards should know the laws that govern these boards. If they don't then they do not have any business serving on these boards.