Open Meetings Bill Dies

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A House chairman has killed a bill that was designed to strengthen Mississippi's Open Meetings laws.

The bill passed the House last week but died Thursday when Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon chose not to remove a hold on it before a deadline.

The Democrat says he was unhappy that the bill was amended on the House floor March 4. He says the change should have been made in his committee rather than on the floor.

The amendment said when a public meeting is improperly closed, a fine would be paid by an individual officeholder rather than with tax dollars.

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  • by Sick of Business as Usual Location: Lauderdale County on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    Obviously the PEOPLE do not posess the power needed to stop the abuse of rouge politicians like Blackmon. How is it possible for one idiot to block the wishes of an over whelming majority of congress. Wake up congress. Change your business-as-usual attitude. I and a lot of others are simply fed up with your cavilier attitudes.
  • by neshoba Location: County on Mar 12, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    This guy should be IMPEACHED!!! He has some nerve to say the taxpayers should pay for individual screw ups. And the fact that he states this in public is enough to make one sick of our political system!!
  • by Jay on Mar 12, 2010 at 04:10 AM
    What public meetings are they talking about? And who gets paid the fine?
  • by Realist Location: Laud. Co. on Mar 11, 2010 at 04:54 PM
    No, don't punish the offender. Make the taxpayers pay for their CRIMES. We need to stop these abuses by elected officials. The PEOPLE have the power under our system, and only if we LET them can they take it away.
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