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Offbeat Mayor nixes move to ban media, non-residents from meetings

17:10  13 june  2018
17:10  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Alabama town bans media, out-of-towners from meetings

  Alabama town bans media, out-of-towners from meetings A tiny Alabama town is trying to ban the media and out-of-towners from its council meetings. The Jackson County Sentinel reported that the town of Paint Rock issued written rules earlier this year that prohibit media members and non-residents from attending Town Council meetings without prior approval of the members.The rules also prohibit anyone from recording meetings and state that posting "any Town minutes, email to council members, financial statements, etc., to ANY unauthorized media source is strictly forbidden.

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Paint Rock, Ala. © 2018 Microsoft Paint Rock, Ala. PAINT ROCK, Ala. — An Alabama mayor is backing down from an attempt to ban the media and out-of-towners from council meetings.

Paint Rock Mayor Brenda Fisk tells WAAY-TV she issued the ban earlier this year without knowing it would violate the law.

Fisk says she wanted to avoid City Council meetings becoming a "circus" like they did a few years ago during a controversy over police in the rural town of 200.

Fisk previously defended the ban to an area newspaper, the Jackson County Sentinel. She said what goes on in Paint Rock isn't the business of anyone other than residents and property owners.

Fisk relented after the newspaper published an editorial about the rule. She now says she made the comments believing a phone call from a reporter was a scam.

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