Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, many local governments have changed the procedures with how their meetings are conducted. Teleconferencing, Zoom, and other forms of technology are being used now in various ways.
Eugene Carl Haberman, an expert on the Open Meetings Law and Public Process, has been attending and speaking up at local (and State and Federal) meetings in Southcentral Alaska for decades. He is well known for prefacing his remarks during the public comment periods with this quote: “When the Public Process is Done Appropriately, the Decision Made by the Governing Body will more likely be in the Public Interest.”
Mr. Haberman sent this letter to local government officials the other day – April 7, 2020 – outlining his concerns with the new meeting procedures.