Did Loudoun BOS Violate FOIA?

The source of the advice to, “never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel,” is disputed, but its wisdom is not up for debate. Three first-term members of the Loudoun county board of supervisors might be excused for not heeding it, but Scott York leading a pack of four is surprising. Their joint letter (about the board’s spending policies) to the Loudoun Times-Mirror makes a few valid points, but, even as ink is being replaced by electrons, it may not have been their best move to tackle the LTM’s February 26, 2014 editorial on the LTM’s own Web site. Editors have a way of getting the last word in front of their readers, which York should know.

But, wise or risky, perhaps a more intriguing question created by their letter is this: How did four out of nine members of the board of supervisors write a joint letter about spending the county’s money when the Virginia Freedom of Information Act forbids more than two of them to meet, even electronically, while discussing public business?

Ignoring good advice is one thing. Ignoring the state’s transparency laws… that’s another.

Author: FirewallNOVA Guy

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2 thoughts on “Did Loudoun BOS Violate FOIA?”

  1. Exactly. Maybe they’ll say that only two of them looked at the document at any given time, but it still stinks. No matter how they did it, four of them conferred off the record, out of public view, and produced a final result that is only one supervisor short of a majority position of the board. This time, we know they did it because they wrote a letter about it. But what about agenda items for upcoming board meetings? What stops them from using whatever method they used this time, to write this letter, for the purpose of deciding how they’ll vote on “public” meeting days?

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