Sustained Outrage

Secret meetings, March 6, 2009

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Except for the West Virginia University presidential search, it looks like a pretty good week for open government in the Mountain State.

Today’s issue of the State Register lists only  one meeting notice that didn’t comply with the mandate of publication five days prior to the meeting date contained in the state Open Governmental Proceedings Act.

The agency responsible? The Division of Forestry’s Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund Board of Trustees.

If you also look at emergency meeting notices, though, one other agency announced such a meeting without explaining the “facts and circumstances of the emergency” that requires “immediate official action.”  That notice, from the Physical Therapy Board, said only that it was holding an “emergency meeting to discuss [an] emergency rule.”