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Hanover proposes weakening open-meetings law

Thursday - 7/25/2013, 5:21pm  ET

HANOVER, Va. (AP) -- Hanover County officials have agreed to ask the General Assembly to amend the state's open meetings allow to allow small groups of public officials to meet without public notice of the time and place.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1bkyO7f ) that the Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution supporting the change.

Current law requires notice of any gathering of at least three members of a governing body. The proposed amendment would eliminate the three-member rule and require notice only when a majority of members are present.

Hanover board chairman W. Canova Peterson says the current law stymies communication between supervisors and county staff members.

But Megan Rhyne of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government says the public wants less discussion in private, not more.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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