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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