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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2002
The Howard County Board of Education abandoned a legislative proposal to repeal three local sunshine laws last month, but Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a county Democrat, might give them what they were after anyway - with severe restrictions. Bobo said her proposal - which will be introduced at a new-legislation public hearing at 7:30 p.m. today in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City - would clear up conflicts between local laws and the state's Open Meetings Act, and would place parameters on a much-maligned "executive-function" loophole in the latter.
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By Ron Smith | March 12, 2010
One of my sons and his wife returned from a trip to Paris a couple weeks ago. They came for dinner and showed us their pictures. Of the Palace at Versailles and its magnificence, he remarked, "No wonder there was a revolution." I had the same reaction when visiting what was then the Soviet Union some years ago. Everything grand, everything splendid, everything gilded, everything remarkable for its beauty and pleasing to the senses predated the 1917 Revolution and was constructed on the backs of the peasantry.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed a bill that would make the Howard County Board of Education subject to the most stringent open meetings regulations in the state - if the governor signs it into law, as expected. "Although there are many permutations and combinations of state law that affect the [24] individual boards of education across the state, this is the first to make any of them subject to the open meetings law all the time," said Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed a bill that would make the Howard County Board of Education subject to the most stringent open meetings regulations in the state - if the governor signs it into law, as expected. "Although there are many permutations and combinations of state law that affect the [24] individual boards of education across the state, this is the first to make any of them subject to the open meetings law all the time," said Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2003
Howard County Board of Education Chairman Sandra H. French pleaded yesterday with members of the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee in Annapolis to oppose a bill that would make all of the board's meetings subject to the state's Open Meetings Act. "A delicate balance has to be struck between the public's right to know and our responsibility to do our jobs," French told the committee. "I ask that you weigh that very carefully." French said that conducting all business under the watchful eyes of the press and public would make it impossible to protect the privacy of some employees and students.
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By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
Baltimore County's school board has been meeting in unannounced sessions since April to consider the annual evaluation of Superintendent Stuart Berger, who is in the final year of a four-year contract.Board members say that's the way it's always been done.Confirming that he might call a meeting for Sunday, board president Calvin Disney defended the practice as a legitimate way for the board to handle "executive functions." Dr. Berger's evaluation, he said, is "very nearly completed.""There's nothing being done here that hasn't been done here before," said Mr. Disney, who became president July 11, but has been on the board since 1986.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2002
A bill proposed by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat, aims to tighten open-meetings restrictions for the Howard school board, but would loosen them, a board critic said last night. Allen Dyer, an Ellicott City lawyer who is suing the Board of Education for alleged sunshine law violations, spoke out against the bill during a new-legislation public hearing in Ellicott City. "I am opposed to this bill as it is drafted," Dyer said, claiming that its wording is "guaranteed to kill the enforceability of the [law]
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | February 11, 1993
The state's open meetings law doesn't mean "government in a fishbowl," but it acknowledges that the process works better if the public has more access, a state lawyer told Carroll County employees yesterday.Jack Schwartz, chief counsel for opinions and advice in the Maryland Attorney General's office, spoke to about 35 county employees during a seminar on the Open Meetings Act.Revisions to the act that discourages officials from privately discussing public business took effect July 1.The seminar at the County Office Building was coordinated by the county attorney's office and lasted about an hour.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2003
The Howard County school board narrowly voted to oppose potential legislation tightening its open-meetings restrictions last night during its first open session of the year. Members also took testimony about next school year's calendar, voted on corrections to boundary line changes, and heard the superintendent's operating budget proposal. In a vote of 3 to 2, with members Courtney Watson and James P. O'Donnell dissenting, the board decided to fight a proposed bill suggested by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat.
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By Ron Smith | March 12, 2010
One of my sons and his wife returned from a trip to Paris a couple weeks ago. They came for dinner and showed us their pictures. Of the Palace at Versailles and its magnificence, he remarked, "No wonder there was a revolution." I had the same reaction when visiting what was then the Soviet Union some years ago. Everything grand, everything splendid, everything gilded, everything remarkable for its beauty and pleasing to the senses predated the 1917 Revolution and was constructed on the backs of the peasantry.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2003
Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed a bill that would make the Howard County Board of Education subject to the most stringent open meetings regulations in the state - if the governor signs it into law, as expected. "Although there are many permutations and combinations of state law that affect the [24] individual boards of education across the state, this is the first to make any of them subject to the open meetings law all the time," said Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2003
The Howard County school board narrowly voted to oppose potential legislation tightening its open-meetings restrictions last night during its first open session of the year. Members also took testimony about next school year's calendar, voted on corrections to boundary line changes, and heard the superintendent's operating budget proposal. In a vote of 3 to 2, with members Courtney Watson and James P. O'Donnell dissenting, the board decided to fight a proposed bill suggested by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2002
A bill proposed by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat, aims to tighten open-meetings restrictions for the Howard school board, but would loosen them, a board critic said last night. Allen Dyer, an Ellicott City lawyer who is suing the Board of Education for alleged sunshine law violations, spoke out against the bill during a new-legislation public hearing in Ellicott City. "I am opposed to this bill as it is drafted," Dyer said, claiming that its wording is "guaranteed to kill the enforceability of the [law]
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2002
The Howard County Board of Education abandoned a legislative proposal to repeal three local sunshine laws last month, but Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a county Democrat, might give them what they were after anyway - with severe restrictions. Bobo said her proposal - which will be introduced at a new-legislation public hearing at 7:30 p.m. today in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City - would clear up conflicts between local laws and the state's Open Meetings Act, and would place parameters on a much-maligned "executive-function" loophole in the latter.
NEWS
By Mary Maushard and Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
Baltimore County's school board has been meeting in unannounced sessions since April to consider the annual evaluation of Superintendent Stuart Berger, who is in the final year of a four-year contract.Board members say that's the way it's always been done.Confirming that he might call a meeting for Sunday, board president Calvin Disney defended the practice as a legitimate way for the board to handle "executive functions." Dr. Berger's evaluation, he said, is "very nearly completed.""There's nothing being done here that hasn't been done here before," said Mr. Disney, who became president July 11, but has been on the board since 1986.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | February 11, 1993
The state's open meetings law doesn't mean "government in a fishbowl," but it acknowledges that the process works better if the public has more access, a state lawyer told Carroll County employees yesterday.Jack Schwartz, chief counsel for opinions and advice in the Maryland Attorney General's office, spoke to about 35 county employees during a seminar on the Open Meetings Act.Revisions to the act that discourages officials from privately discussing public business took effect July 1.The seminar at the County Office Building was coordinated by the county attorney's office and lasted about an hour.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | March 31, 1991
It's the time of year when Carroll's eight municipalities are working out the details of their budgets -- the time when questions arise about whether the councils should be conducting their business in public.Several councils traditionally have conducted private budget work sessions, which in recent years have been challenged by media organizations as a breach of Maryland's open meetings law.The law requiring public bodies to meet in the open except under special circumstances has a loophole allowing them to close sessions for a "compelling" reason and provides no appeals process, contributing to confusion and often unresolved disputes over what truly justifies a closed meeting.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | March 31, 1991
It's the time of year when Carroll's eight municipalities are working out the details of their budgets -- the time when questions arise about whether the councils should be conducting their business in public.Several councils traditionally have conducted private budget work sessions, which in recent years have been challenged by media organizations as a breach of Maryland's open meetings law.The law requiring public bodies to meet in the open except under special circumstances has a loophole allowing them to close sessions for a "compelling" reason and provides no appeals process, contributing to confusion and often unresolved disputes over what truly justifies a closed meeting.
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