Sustained Outrage

Secret meetings, April 6, 2012

We missed last week, so today we’ll do a roundup of open meetings violations from each of the last two weeks here in West Virginia.

One meeting in last week’s State Register violated the public notice requirements of West Virginia’s open meetings law. The agency involved was the DHHR’s Commission for Behavior Health and Health Facilities and its Comprehensive Behavioral Health Commission and Advisory Board. Today’s issue of the Register included one meeting that violated the public notice requirements, and the agency involved was the state Emergency Response Commission, which is part of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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.