Lawmaker proposes changes to Mississippi Open Meetings Act

State Sen. Lydia Chassaniol, R-Winona, is proposing two bills to limit the provisions of the Open Meetings Act to government meetings where a quorum is present.

Government transparency advocates say the proposed changes would undermine important provisions of the act and make it easier for government bodies to avoid public scrutiny.

Critics tell The Greenwood Commonwealth that the altered language would allow boards to hold a series of small meetings where all members of the board are included but during which a quorum is never present at any one time.