South Dakota Open Meetings Commission changes rules

2012-05-23T14:25:00Z South Dakota Open Meetings Commission changes rulesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 23, 2012 2:25 pm  • 

SIOUX FALLS -— The South Dakota Open Meetings Commission is upholding a reprimand for the Sioux Falls City Council, but will change meeting rules for the future.

The state Open Meetings Commission reprimanded the council in March for violating the open meetings law by voting behind closed doors to fire a city clerk. A city council member blamed City Attorney David Pfeifle (fife-lee) for giving bad legal advice. Pfeifle said he used an Attorney General opinion from 1990 that said not to name an employee, or give specifics, about the issue and that it was recommended by the commission.

KELO-TV reports ( ) that the open meetings commission is no longer recommending this opinion.

From now on, the city council will have to name an employee and the action being taken against the employee.

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