This is an incredibly BAD idea being put forward by the Hanover County Board of Supervisors that would permit Virginia public bodies to decide for themselves when they can hold private meetings about public business.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Under their proposal, existing Freedom of Information Act laws requiring public notice and a public meeting if three or more members of a body want to discuss public business would fall by the wayside. Instead, each individual governmental organization would be allowed to determine for itself what constitutes quorum.
Talk about the foxes guarding the henhouse!
Based upon the actions of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and their top-level staff over the past several years where they have flaunted existing laws pertaining to this, one can only imagine the damage they would do if there wasn’t even the appearance of accountability.
One can only hope that the General Assembly quickly dispenses with Hanover’s proposal.