Council slightly loosens open meetings rules in compromise

Three members of Derby’s governing body will now be able to meet privately to discuss city issues following City Council’s decision last week to loosen the rule slightly.
The rule, which was voted up in a rare split vote, is only a slight change from the city’s previous rule of allowing two Council members – or two Council members plus the Mayor.
The new rule is also still more strict than the state’s Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA), which allows four members of the governing body to meet on official issues.
The open meetings rule was part of a package of updates to the city’s code of meeting procedures and the governing body manual, which are used by city officials to run meetings and define the roles of each position.

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