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Meetings Remain In The Shadows

Officials throughout Ohio look for ways to convene in secret

March 21, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — While Ohio law calls for government that is open to the public, shadowy decision-making has led to recent court battles and a legislative effort to shed more light....

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Mar-21-14 6:25 PM

Sensitive issues my foot.Proof please.If not I'm coming to the meeting.I agree with dying.Put em on the tube or internet.cost is next to nothing.

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Mar-21-14 1:10 PM

Great idea for HOME RULE. Why not develop penalties, fines and lost of office for more than four repeat violation of the WV Sunshine laws. This could even be a money making ideas if the city would set fines for violation.

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Mar-21-14 1:03 PM

Failure to conform to the Sunshine Laws should first be face with fines and after failure several times be expelled from office and to hold office for two years. This might get the elected and appointed officials attention that the people’s business is to be conducted in the Sunshine.

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Mar-21-14 12:58 PM

WV Legislature needs to develop more aggressive compliance and penalties for failure to conduct the people’s business in open to keep from leaving the impression of back room deals being make and so the public can give input before it is too late.

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Mar-21-14 12:52 PM

Did the Ethic Commission representative informed the ex-WV Senate leader when he became Mayor of Wheeling he used the Executive Session improperly in his first council meetings?

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Mar-21-14 10:06 AM

Wheeling does same thing and when they have meetings they are increasingly when no working (voting) people can attend them. Lets say there are open but have them when no one can attend they should have all city council meetings, zoning, and any meeting that affects the public at a time when people can attend but this way they can do what they want with no one to say anything against it and if you have right name or known the right names you can do whatever you want in Wheeling.Some things never change, at least when Elias ran the town you knew what to expect. It would be nice to do pod casts or net video on ALL meetings no excutive allowed they hide with that way too often.

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Mar-21-14 8:49 AM

The greatest shield to truth in government is the "executive session" where gov says they have to speak in silence to protect privacy rights. That is how the Marshall County BOE does all important business and makes all of the Titanic decisions that has taken that school system to the brink and beyond. Misconduct of public officials (teachers are public employees) should not be handled without public knowledge. If its public money, its public business. The current lawsuit over Cameron high school is diluted in such a way that people do not know t is not the people suing the contractor for bad work, its the contractors suing the BOE over the 100 odd changes ordered after work started that were never vetted to the public. The BOE works hard to keep the details of the suit from being public. The entire paperwork should be published in the paper. Its being handled as a traditional MC shell game currently. Gov secrecy is a shield for incompetence.

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Mar-21-14 8:11 AM

they don't have any problems taking the taxpayers money.they are all for that.

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Mar-21-14 7:34 AM

How about ALL goberment meeting be required to be live via tv or internet! Very little cost, especially the internet feeds and a whole lot of sunshine! Why are peeps that are getting paid by tax payers being "secret?" Because we have let it happen? Time to be live on skype. If you don't like it quit or don't run for office!

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