Greenwood Commonwealth: Public hospital board meetings should be open

One of the glaring and longstanding exemptions in Mississippi’s Open Meetings Law is the blanket one given to publicly owned hospitals.

Even though these hospitals are owned by taxpayers and even though the taxpayers are on the hook if they should go sour financially, the public is not entitled to observe the deliberations of the boards that run them.

A Senate bill that passed out of committee last week would change that. Predictably, the Mississippi Hospital Association is fighting the effort.

Hattiesburg American
2/12/14