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W.Va. Ethics Panel Admits Open Meetings Violation

The executive director of the state Ethics Commission admits the panel violated West Virginia’s open meetings law.
     The violations occurred Thursday when the commission failed to send the required notice of two meetings to the Secretary of State’s Office. One was devoted entirely to open meetings laws.
     According to state code, notice of public meetings must be approved and listed online for five business days to be legal.
     The commission’s executive director, Joan Parker, told the Daily Mail the panel was in error.
     Parker said the commission would take the necessary steps to correct the mistake. The next scheduled ethics commission meeting is in February.