Hush, Hush, JaCo Legislators "Lawyer Up" – Day 78 of the Jackson County Ethics Blackout

At last week’s County Legislature meeting, Chair Scott Burnett introduced an ordinance authorizing the legislature to go into secret session during today’s meeting. Given the legislature’s penchant for doing things in private and avoiding public oversight, it’s tough not to speculate on what will be going on today.

Here’s the description of today’s secret meeting, as set forth in last week’s agenda:

A RESOLUTION authorizing the Jackson County Legislature to hold a closed meeting on Monday, February 23, 2009, for the purpose of conducting privileged and confidential communications between itself and the Jackson County Counselor under section 610.021(1) of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, and closing all records prepared for discussion at said meeting.

Wow, they’re talking to their lawyer!

What will the topic be? Will they be talking about their ethics ordinance, which illegally contradicts the Jackson County Home Rule Charter? Will they be talking about whether it was legal for them to name a public facility after Fred Arbanas, giving him an unfair advantage in the 2010 elections? What fresh outrage will the legislature be dreaming up today, behind closed doors?

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