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Editorial: Open meetings, secret meetings in Alabama

Each exception made to Alabama’s open-meetings laws leaves the door open for another. The best option are open-meetings laws that ensure public bodies operate fully in the open.

If Sen. Gerald Dial’s proposed amendment this spring becomes law, Alabama’s universities and colleges would be able to discuss hiring top-level positions without the public’s knowledge because trustee boards could meet in secret.

The University of Alabama and Auburn University already can because of an act signed last year by Gov. Robert Bentley. Dial wants that right to secrecy given to others, as well. Continue…