- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The city of Columbus will appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court a Lowndes Chancery Court decision that found city council members violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/25MSObx ) Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns last month found that the city in 2014 violated the law when the council split into groups of two or three and discussed city business. Councilman on Tuesday voted to appeal the case.

The pre-arranged meetings took place in January and February 2014. Former Dispatch reporter Nathan Gregory filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission after becoming aware of the meetings.

City Attorney Jeff Turnage declined to comment Tuesday. Previously, he expressed concern that Burns’ ruling could hinder the council’s ability to effectively govern outside official meetings.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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