Fact Check: Circumventing state public meeting rules
The Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the HUD funded Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit knowingly scheduled meetings with task force members that would in their opinion circumvent public meeting rules.
Louisiana AG Opinion 2019-0128
A walking quorum can also occur via email or other electronic means where there
are conversations with a quorum of the public body through multiple smaller
conversations of less than a quorum. The AG has stated that such walking
quorums are "unlawful because while no conversation occurred with an actual
quorum physically present at a single location, a quorum effectively participates
in the discussion of the issue" without the public having the benefit of observing
the discussion. AG Op. No. 19-0128.
AG Op. No. 19-0128
Evidence of unlawful public meeting
On Nov 28, 2016, at 9:58 AM, Lxxx Dxxxxx wrote:
Members of the Restore Louisiana Task Force:
We have set aside time slots on Wednesday, 11/30, and Thursday, 12/1, to host
conference calls to discuss/answer questions regarding the upcoming
recommendations for Economic Development and Rental Housing at Friday’s
task force meeting. I will be providing informative materials for your review by
Please respond to this email with your preferred time slot and I will send out
calendar invites. Keep in mind that I will need to keep each time slot limited to
10 task force members or less due to the Open Meetings Law.
If none of the proposed time slots will work with your schedule, please let me
know and I will work with you individually to get a conference call set up.
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit
State of Louisiana
Resource: FOIA: 2016.11.28.14.25.16-RE- RLTF - Economic Development - Rental Housing Conference Calls.pdf