- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A newspaper says its review of emails it obtained under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act shows that members of the Northwestern Michigan College board violated the state Open Meetings Act when they discussed whether to make video recordings of their meetings.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/1eDG8NF ) says the email shows at least six of seven board members exchanged emails and had other contacts outside of public meetings.

The board voted Jan. 27 to video record its meetings. Board Chairman Douglas Bishop and others had opposed the move in the past.

Michigan Press Association attorney Robin Luce-Herrmann tells the newspaper that the records show “a quorum of the board was deliberating on an issue outside of an open meeting.”

Bishop said Thursday he firmly believes the board acted within the law.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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