You would be surprised how many elected officials don't understand their own state's open meeting laws. The Associated Press reports:

A voice recorder was taken from a reporter during a North Carolina legislative committee meeting Tuesday, after a co-chairman said such devices must be approved. He later rescinded the comment, apologized and the recorder was returned.

Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, the committee chairman, initially said that audio devices needed to be approved in order to record meetings.

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“All recording devices, whether audio and video, are required to be approved by the sergeant-at-arms, and I just say that as a courtesy to everybody,” Gunn had said, according to a recording of the meeting by The Associated Press.

Gunn apologized later, saying he misspoke. Recording devices of all kinds are allowed, he said.

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