Hood opines that Carroll County can’t stop people from recording meetings

The Carroll County School Board is not allowed to ban recording of its meetings, according to attorney general’s opinions and an expert in open meetings law.

The board may choose to stop taping meetings itself, though, said Leonard Van Slyke, attorney for the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information.

By a 3-2 vote, the board decided Monday to cease recording its meetings and destroy all the tapes it has made.

Ben Shute, who was elected board president Monday, ordered a man who was videotaping the meeting with his personal equipment to stop. District 2 member Marcus Kuykendall told Laura Davis of District 4 that she could not record the meetings herself.

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