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SD Lawmakers Reject Plan to Record Closed Meetings



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A South Dakota Senate panel has rejected a proposal that would have required state and local boards and commissions to record closed meetings.
 
The Local Government Committee voted 4-3 to kill the measure after opponents said it is unnecessary, could stifle debate in closed meetings and could lead to the eventual disclosure of sensitive information.
 
The bill would have required boards and commissions to keep minutes and a recording of all closed meetings. If someone complained a meeting had been improperly closed, a judge could have listened to the recording to determine if the board or commission had followed the law.
 
The bill's main sponsor, Sen. Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, says recording closed meetings would protect the public and members of boards and commissions.
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