Monday, September 12, 2011

AG rules Carter County Fiscal Court violated open meetings law by restricting recording

A Carter County Fiscal Court's resolution to restrict cameras and video recording of fiscal court meetings to the last pew of the fiscal court room" was overturned Thursday by Attorney General Jack Conway, Katie Brandenburg of The Independent in Ashland reports. Conway called the resolution "unenforceable and inimical to the public good."

The resolution was passed Aug. 9 after the court's request for "Mignon Colley, Carter County Republican chairwoman, to move her video camera," Brandenburg reports. After an unresolved complaint Colley made to Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace, Colley filed an appeal with the attorney general's office.

Conway ruled, "The Carter County Fiscal Court cannot, by ordinance, executive order, or resolution, abridge the statutorily invested right to videotape public meetings." This decision is not "just an opinion" as Wallace told Brandenburg. The attorney general "issues legally binding decisions in disputes under the open records and meeting laws," the attorney general's website reports. The court must file an appeal in circuit court to contest this decision. (Read more)

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