- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - The Cassia County Commission has approved audio recordings of their weekly business meetings after the board was caught violating government transparency laws.

Commissioners voted Monday to approve the practice. Recordings will be embedded in the minutes of their meetings on the county’s website, The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/1SZSkre).

The county clerk began recording meetings after the board was caught violating government transparency laws at least three times in the past year.

Clerk Joe Larsen had begun writing detailed, lengthy minutes in hopes of preserving transparency and because the public asked. The commissioners were critical of the minutes because they took so long to read.

“I like the new format and I like the simplicity and directness to the point,” Commissioner Paul Christensen said.

Last week, commissioners questioned the cost of storing the files and whether recording the meetings was going over the statutory minimum required.

“If you are worried about something you said, maybe it was inappropriate to say it in the first place,” Larsen said.

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