May 9, 2014 6:34 PM by Dave Fields

DA consults state Attorney General about possible LPSB open-meeting violation

LAFAYETTE--15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson said that he is consulting with the Attorney General to see if he concurs that Lafayette Parish School Board (LPSB) may have violated the Open Meetings Law when the board considered an item that wasn't listed on its April 23 agenda.

Harson previously had stated that the board was supposed to have provided the required 24-hour notification for public consideration of items presented to the board.

Harson's statements came as a result of complaints that had been filed former State Representative and LPSS school board member Rickey Hardy as well as Lafayette attorney Gary McGoffin.

The district attorney said that it is possible that the LPSB may have remedied the problem, Harson said, by reconsidering the same items that had been improperly considered. Harson explained that, if the board ratified or nullified its prior vote, then that action may have solved the problem.

Otherwise, the district attorney said he would have go back and review the corrective measures the LPSB may have taken since its April 23 meeting.



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