Democracy demands open government

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This week is National Sunshine Week – an annual observance to spotlight the importance of open, transparent government. It’s also a good time to say thank you and high five the journalists in South Dakota who are on the front lines of defending the public’s right to know.

A quick search for use of the term “executive session” in all South Dakota newspapers in our association’s computer database for the first 70 days of 2020 returns 500 hits.

Five hundred!

Executive session is a term used by public boards, commissions and councils to refer to specific closeddoor discussions during official meetings, as permitted by South Dakota’s open meetings laws.

Among the permissible reasons for when elected officials may go behind closed doors are to discuss the performance or competence of a government employee, to consult with their attorney about proposed or pending litigation, or to negotiate a contract with employees.




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