- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Open Meetings Commission has found that the city of Deadwood violated open meetings laws in phone conversations related to use of the Days of ‘76 concession stands.

The Black Hills Pioneer (http://bit.ly/1OfPCuS ) said it filed a complaint after August 17 telephone conversations between Mayor Chuck Turbiville and two city commissioners were treated as official city votes.

Deadwood City Attorney Quentin Riggins told the Open Meetings Commission that the telephone conversations and subsequent vote were the result of confusion by Deadwood commissioners, who were unaware that they’d voted on the matter months before. The mayor apologized for the conversations at the next city commission meeting.

The panel on Wednesday ruled in favor of the newspaper, saying the city board took official action without holding a public meeting.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com

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