LSU accused of violating open meetings law

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 10:19 AM
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 10:19 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: lsu, board of supervisors, vote, lsu system, violation, open meeting laws

BATON ROUGE - LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope has accused the school's Board of Supervisors of knowingly deceiving the public on a vote that changed the top hierarchy of the university system.

The LSU board member who called for last month's vote and a lawyer representing the university denied the allegation.

Cope called for state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to investigate whether the board violated state open meeting laws on Oct. 26 when members voted to merge the system president and Baton Rouge campus chancellor positions without telling the public that issue would be discussed. Caldwell declined to comment.

Louisiana's open meeting laws require public bodies give 24 hours written notice of a meeting and make available, before the meeting, an agenda detailing what will be discussed.

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