- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming judge has ruled in favor of the city of Cheyenne in a lawsuit over public access to government meetings.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle filed the lawsuit in November 2013, the newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1RwZa5u ). Attorney Bruce Moats represented the WTE and argued against Cheyenne’s efforts to keep the public out of meetings about a plan for a new city employee pay structure.

Moats said such closed meetings violate the state’s Public Meetings Act.

City officials defended meetings, saying the group was only making recommendations, not official decisions.

District Court Judge Thomas Campbell ruled last week that the team wasn’t subject to the Public Meetings Act.

City Attorney Dan White could not be reached for comment Friday.

WTE publisher Scott Walker says the newspaper is disappointed by the decision.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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