In the case of State ex rel. Ames v. Brimfield Twp. Bd. of Trs., 11th Dist. Portage No. 2019-P-0017, 2019-Ohio-4926, an Ohio appellate court held that meeting minutes must tell why a public body is moving into a private executive session during a public meeting.
In this case, a township resident filed a complaint against a township for violating R.C. 121.22, Ohio’s Open Meetings Act, by entering into executive session for matters not permissible for non-public discussion.
The Ohio appellate court held that minutes must specify one of the exceptions to public meetings listed in R.C. 121.22(G) to make a public body’s entry into executive session proper.
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Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.
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