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By Sean C. Morgan
The New Era 

Editorial: Councilors must avoid quorum on D.C. trip


September 5, 2018

Public meetings laws are important for us, the citizens of Oregon.

At the risk of sounding cynical, many otherwise upstanding public officials have an uncanny propensity toward secrecy and abuse of power when not restrained by laws that require access by the public (and the press) to proceedings in which government officials make decisions impacting our lives – and public funds.

Open meetings, as well as open records, are crucial to public trust.

Sometimes, though, application of open meetings laws can be a little sticky, and that was the case as the Sweet Home City Council last week at...

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