Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wyoming City Council Meeting May Have Been Illegally Closed
Three Cheyenne, Wyoming council members say part of a January 11 closed executive session was an illegal violation of the state's open meetings law. But city attorney Dan White disagrees, saying the meeting was closed so that he could update the council on ongoing lawsuits and settlement negotiations. He claims the meeting was exempt from the open meetings law, relying on the litigation clause and the exemption "to consider or receive any information classified as confidential by law," including attorney-client privileged information.
At issue is whether the city attorney could meet with the governing body in a closed meeting to discuss potential litigation. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has not yet addressed this issue.
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