As reported by the Rhino Times. Do read the article, as it is pretty disturbing. Scott Yost went above and beyond to give the hosts the opportunity to provide the required public notice in advance of the meeting, which they chose not to do.
So, Brad Miller does not have time to hold a town hall meeting with his constituents, but can play host for the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department and hold an illegal meeting with the Guilford County Councilmembers? According to state law, “All official meetings of public bodies [are] open to the public.” Official meetings are described as: “a meeting…at any time or place…of a majority of the members of a public body for the purpose of conducting hearings, participating in deliberations, …or otherwise transacting the public business within the jurisdiction, real or apparent, of the public body.”
A meeting discussing potential “financial services regulatory reform and consumer protection” is clearly discussing public business and there is absolutely no reason for it to be done behind closed doors.
Kudos to whoever forwarded the invitation email to the Rhino Times as well as the Rhino and Scott Yost for daring to “crash” the meeting. A big fat “boo” to Brad Miller, the Treasury Department, and any councilmembers who attended the meeting despite the fact that it was “by invitation only” and therefore in violation of state open meetings laws.