Sustained Outrage

Secret meetings, Jan. 27, 2012

Today’s issue of The State Register includes four meetings that violated the public notice requirements of West Virginia’s open meetings law.

The agencies involved: The Bureau of Senior Services, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, the Public Defender Services Corp. for the 11th Judicial Circuit, and something called the WRMS-EMS Beckley Field Office.

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.