Be afraid. Bill in public hearing today would allow cloak of secrecy over “public” meetings

Under House Bill 1148, which is up for a public hearing in the Government Administration & Elections Committee this morning, meetings that are currently public could be held in secret.

Here’s the scary section: (E) negotiations between members of different political parties who are in a leadership position, with respect to proposed legislation or a proposed action of the public agency to which such members belong, notwithstanding that such members also constitute a quorum of a public agency; (F)

The analysis of the bill is “To exempt certain negotiations between the leaders of political parties from being considered a meeting for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act.”