The Code of Va. does not allow a closed meeting for budget work sessions.
§ 2.2-3707 of the Code of Virginia says:
H. Any person may photograph, film, record or otherwise reproduce any portion of a meeting required to be open. The public body conducting the meeting may adopt rules governing the placement and use of equipment necessary for broadcasting, photographing, filming or recording a meeting to prevent interference with the proceedings, but shall not prohibit or otherwise prevent any person from photographing, filming, recording, or otherwise reproducing any portion of a meeting required to be open. No public body shall conduct a meeting required to be open in any building or facility where such recording devices are prohibited.
Tax payers of Gloucester County, Virginia pay for recording capabilities at two locations to record and broadcast public meetings. We also pay County employees to perform recording and broadcasting functions.
In the above video, Ted Wilmot explains in great detail what a meeting is and what the requirements are under FOIA. When dealing with the taxpayers money, why are the meetings not being broadcast and why are they not showing as open to the public on the county website? We are asking the Board this question and will post an update once they get back with us.
Just a reminder, we want, pay for and expect open and fair government.