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Updated: 04/16/2014 09:10:03AM

Venice, don’t whittle away at Sunshine Law

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Tim Smolarick

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We understand why Venice City Council members decided to stop sitting as nonvoting members on city advisory boards. But you have to love the irony of trying to prevent Sunshine Law violations by taking someone off a board on which he or she can only interact in open public meetings.

Council is rightly concerned there’s a legal risk if an advisory board member and council’s representative to the board chat about city business outside of a formal meeting. Even though the council representative can’t vote, he or she is still a member of the board and is required by the Sunshine Law to talk about business in an open meeting.

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