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EDITORIAL: Governing in secret is wrong, and Malheur County citizens should insist it stop

The Malheur County Development Corporation may have broken Oregon Open Meetings law with a series of decisions last month. (The Enterprise/LES ZAITZ)

A powerful public board in Malheur County with authority to spend millions in taxpayer money has been deciding the public’s business in secret. That must stop immediately. The practice is bad government, abuses the public trust and likely is illegal.

The directors on the Malheur County Development Corp. board have been using their private emails to conduct what amounts to a public meeting. Their own records show they make motions, they look for a second, and then they each vote in emails.

All of this was out of view of the taxpayers – until the Enterprise discovered the practice through public records requests.

Why does it matter?

Because, in Oregon . . .