PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The city of Sioux Falls has defended to the state Supreme Court its decision not to disclose details of a $1 million settlement over faulty siding at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
The high court heard arguments Wednesday in the case filed by Argus Leader Media (https://argusne.ws/2jEx9Uh) against the city.
The city in 2015 announced the settlement with contractors over the bulging panels but didn’t provide details, citing in part a confidentiality agreement.
The newspaper sued after the city declined to give access to documents related to the settlement. A lower court sided with the city, and the newspaper appealed.
The city argues that the state’s open records law lets governments keep contracts private if the parties involved agree. The newspaper says that argument runs counter to the Legislature’s intent when it passed the law.
Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com
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