DNR nixes social dinners in wake of open meetings complaint

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MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources says it will no longer host social dinners for board members the night before regular meetings.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2evFQcG ) the move comes in the wake of a complaint filed over a possible violation of the state’s open meetings law.

Opponents of a snowmobile trail in Blue Mound State Park alleged the board broke state law when it met for dinner in January and discussed business before voting the next day to approve a new park master plan.

DNR spokesman Jim Dick says the board will shelve the longstanding social dinners in “a desire for the utmost transparency.” He says it also will take up the snowmobile issue again. The board will take additional public comment at its monthly meeting in December.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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