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Category Archives: Sunshine Act
Whether cameras should have been allowed at a demotion hearing for a Hanover school district principal might come down to whether the hearing met the definition of being public. A Hanover school board member shoved a camera into a wall at the recent hearing because the district’s lawyer had decided cameras weren’t allowed. (They are allowed at other public meetings).
This isn’t something you see often: A Hanover school board member pushed a WHP-21 camera into a wall, according to the TV station’s report, as she tried to eject the camera crew from a public meeting.
A reader checked out this post on Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act and e-mailed me some good questions that I wanted to share: Question: Case law indicates that one-word explanations to justify an executive session do not suffice. The officials must be more … Continue reading
Here are some tips and info about the state’s Sunshine Act that might come in handy from an hour-long seminar given by Melissa Melewsky, legal counsel for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Some of these are things I didn’t know, so … Continue reading
A concerned taxpayer in York County asked the following: “…do you know if school boards (and other public bodies) are REQUIRED to negotiate contracts behind closed doors? … I know that contract and personnel matters MAY be discussed in closed … Continue reading
Jeff Shields of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that the state Supreme Court has told Philadelphia’s city council that it can’t ban public comments at regular council meetings. Shields’ report continues: “The court ruled, 4-3, that Council was in violation … Continue reading
Up: The Valley News Dispatch reports that a judge ruled a local school district violated the open meetings law “when it held a closed-door session with shopping center representatives last year to talk about a tax assessment appeal.” The newspaper … Continue reading