Sustained Outrage

Secret meetings, Jan. 6, 2012

This week’s issue of The State Register includes three meetings that violate the public notice requirements of the West Virginia Open Meetings Act.

The agencies at fault: The Putnam County Development Authority executive committee, the Raleigh County Public Defender Service Corp., and the Real Estate Appraisers Board.

As we’ve reminded folks before, the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act requires agencies to send meeting notices to the Secretary of State in time for notices to appear in the State Register five days prior to a scheduled meeting. Every week, we list the agencies that didn’t comply, thanks to the Secretary of State’s office, which kindly marks those agencies with an asterisk in the list of meetings published each Friday in the Register.