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Court Rules Virginia Town Violated Open Government Laws

The Sussex County Circuit Court Judge told the Waverly Town Council that they couldn’t meet this week because the mayor and town clerk had knowingly violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act and failed to comply with a provision of the state’s Open Meetings Law.

Taylor Everett, a resident who had repeatedly asked the town to produce public documents and notify him of upcoming meetings, brought the legal challenge against the town.

The court ruling prohibited the town council from meeting unless it followed the Open Meetings Law’s provisions, including notifying Everett and other members of the public. Continue>>>