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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Guest Column: Court to officials: Don’t meet in private

JACKSON – It was a long, rainy summer across much of the state.

But September brought with it lots of sunshine – both literally and metaphorically.

Just as we started to enjoy one of the longest sustained periods of mild, sunny weather in months came news the State Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the Columbus City Council violated the Mississippi Open Meetings Act.

It was a unanimous 9-0 vote, no less. Talk about a win for sunshine laws.

The original complaint was filed with the Mississippi Ethics Commission in early 2014 by Nathan Gregory, a reporter at the time for The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus. Ethics ruled later that year against the mayor and city council for holding a series of separate, private meetings intended to avoid having a quorum present.

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