On July 12, 2010 the Red Wing City Council is going to take another stab at adopting a policy regarding the application of Open Meeting Law to committee meetings.
The following policy is from the Minnesota School Boards Association, which has been adopted by the Red Wing School District:
“Meeting” means a gathering of at least a quorum or more members of the school board, or quorum of a committee or subcommittee of school board members, at which members discuss, decide, or receive information as a group on issues relating to the official business of the school board.
Every school board in Minnesota applies Open Meeting Law to committees, but for some reason our City Council finds this very troublesome. Notice the language refers to a quorum of the committee, not of the governing body. One more thing, don’t make an exception for the Agenda Committee.
Update: The council took a pass on this issue, but it issue is not dead. It may come up in council elections.