Alabama Supreme Court rules PSC hearing not a public meeting

Sep 4, 2020


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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court says a two-hour hearing before the state's utility-regulating agency wasn't a public meeting under state law. 

The decision came Friday as the court rejected a challenge by an audience member who was ejected for recording the gathering last year.

The justices upheld a lower court ruling that said the PSC had a right to remove Laura Casey, a Democrat who was running for the PSC, for recording the proceeding. The decision says the hearing wasn't a meeting under the state's open meeting law because PSC members just listened to testimony and didn't talk among themselves.