Thursday, April 15, 2010

Paterson Signs Open Meetings Law Reforms

  • When possible, open meetings must now be held in venues large enough to accommodate the general public.
  • State & local govts must establish rules for photography, audio & video recordings at meetings.
  • Courts can now require violators of the Open Meetings Law to attend mandatory training sessions with the state Committee on Open Government.
"They strengthen the Open Meetings Law in a variety of ways and clearly give the public the opportunity for much better access." ~~ Robert Freeman, exec. dir. Committee on Open Government

D&C

SCATS ~~ I disagree with Mr. Freeman. The lack of significant consequences allows for continuation of some very bad habits at the level of local school & town boards.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You better comply with the open meetings law or we'll ... train you!

SCATS said...

To 9:43AM ~~ LMAO!! Exactly! And they probably give them a free catered lunch with the training. That'll teach 'em ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS:

I have to ask, what is the definition of "General Public"?

Can the Greece BOE have separate rules for the residents of Greece vs. non-residents?

Enjoy

Doug Skeet

SCATS said...

To 7:06PM ~~ I suppose they could attempt restricting it, but I'm fairly certain they would lose if someone challenged it. Allowing ALL interested people to attend a meeting, regardless of residency, should be a no-brainer. If you live in NY State, you've paid taxes that support GCSD through State Aid and even sales tax. The same is true for residents of the USA with Federal Aid. Maybe they could check passports at the door? Let's not give them any ideas ;)

Anonymous said...

Any human can ask to see records and be given access to them and any human can attend the meetings. They cannot restrict. For example we could go to a city council meeting of Rochester or Albany or Fairfax Virginia. We could ask under the Freedom of information law in any state for access to records, by mail or fax or email or in person. We could ask under the freedom of information act for the records of any federal government agency. It does not matter where you live. In fact it does not matter your citizenship. They are open records. They are open meetings.

Anonymous said...

SCATS/9:33 pm

Thank you!

Sincerely

Doug Skeet