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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Regarding the PPMC's Private List
Date Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:01:42 GMT
On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton <> wrote:
> -1 on that part.  Please God, treat us like adults here.

The analogy I had in mind was to official government committees and
boards in my state, where they are required to conduct their business
in public.  But they have the ability to enter a private "executive
session". But before they may do so they must first state the reason
why they are doing so, and that reason must be taken from a list of
pre-defined statutory exceptions, for example, when dealing with
personnel matters.  This helps prevent misuse of executive session.

Although there are exceptions, most elected officials in Massachusetts
behave like adults, even when they need to declare why they are
conducting business in private.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On Behalf Of Rob Weir
> Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 08:45
> To:
> Subject: Regarding the PPMC's Private List
> [ ... ]
> 2) I wonder whether it would be a good idea, at least while the PPMC
> is still growing and we're getting up to speed, for all notes to the
> ooo-private list to be prefaced by a sentence explaining why the
> private list is needed for that message.  For example, "I am using the
> private list because this is account request email contains a members
> personal email address".  Thinking out loud like this could help
> reinforce the proper use of that list, and would also make the reasons
> of any mistaken uses more obvious and correctable.
> -Rob

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