Some truly fantastic news for the District...
A very strong open meetings law was introduced today
in the Council, by Kathy Patterson and Vincent Orange,
with seven co-sponsors (Sharon Ambrose, Kwame Brown,
David Catania, Adrian Fenty, Jim Graham, Vincent Gray
and Phil Mendelson), for a total of 9 formal
When this bill passes, there can be no more
closed-door school board meetings, or Council or ABC
board or other similar meetings.
Finally, politicians will be required to conduct the
public's business in public.
Five business days notice of all non-emergency
meetings (including hearings and roundtables) will
also be required.
Officials knowingly violating the law by meeting in
private can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation
and are also guilty
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