Question: Should section be amended to provide that all meetings of the Council shall be open to the public “except that the Council or any committee of the Council may exclude the public from executive sessions held for the purpose of considering matters that other public bodies may discuss in executive session under the general laws of the State and matters subject to attorney-client privilege.”?

Proposed Language:

§ 28     Meetings of Council

At seven o’clock p.m., on the first Monday in January following a regular Municipal election, the Council shall meet at the usual place for holding meetings, at which time the newly-elected members of the Council shall assume the duties of their offices. Thereafter the Council shall meet at times as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution. The Mayor, the President of the Council, or any five members thereof may call special meetings of the Council upon at least twelve (12) hours’ written notice to each member of the Council, served personally on each member or left at the usual place of residence of such member. Any notice of a special meeting shall state the subjects to be considered at the meeting and no other subjects shall be there considered. All regular and special meetings of the Council or the Council’s committees shall be open to the public, except that the Council or any committee of the Council may exclude the public from executive sessions held for the purpose of considering matters that other public bodies may discuss in executive session under the general laws of the State and matters subject to attorney-client privilege.Any citizen shall have access to the minutes and records of all public meetings of the Council at all reasonable times.

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