Why the Colorado Springs City Council might have snubbed the Open Meetings Law

Colorado Springs Independent: Lawsuit anyone?

A legal action might be warranted, based on the Colorado Springs City Council’s failure to abide by the Open Meetings Law, which requires executive items be announced in some detail.

Specifically, the law states that when an executive session is announced, the public body must provide the topic and “identification of the particular matter to be discussed in as much detail as possible without compromising the purpose for which the executive session is authorized.”

Keeping that in mind, here’s the wording on Monday’s Council agenda (all emphasis added): The matters to be discussed involve: (1) legal advice on a specific legal matter, developing strategy for negotiators and instructing negotiators.

Now, that would seem like the epitome of vagueness and actually raises a lot of questions, because the Council in the past has announced closed session topics in some detail.

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