Town Controversy, State Law
So here’s a question on local governance that reaches beyond the town of Tiverton:
The letter that Tom Parker submitted to the Tiverton School Committee circulated a bit via email prior to the meeting, and one budget committee member appears to have asked whether others wished to sign on as individuals.
When Former Budget Committee Chairman Chris Cotta took the mic, having heard about the emails, he declared the action to be illegal. After the meeting, he informed one of those involved that the attorney general had been informed and would be investigating.
Could it really be illegal for members of a budget committee to discuss tangential matters via email? In their individual capacity? I’ve always assumed that such activities took place, and that it became a matter of public record when the individuals progressed from discussion and thought to public action.