Lanny Davis is foolish

Published March 15, 2012

In a letter to the editor¬†published earlier this week, Board of Trustees attorney Lanny Davis continued to argue that the trustee’s secret retreat held last month wasn’t subject to Pennsylvania’s Open Meetings Law.

That’s because official decisions weren’t made, “nor did any deliberations of university business take place at the retreat for the purpose of making any decisions, policy or otherwise,” he argued in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Is this guy on crack? The board discussed a new committee structure, which requires changes to its bylaws, and this guy says they weren’t talking about any university business for the purpose of making any decisions? Does he think the public is that stupid?

In an earlier post, I explained why this meeting was illegal. Maybe I’m missing something. If I am, Lanny, please, email me and set me straight.

But until you do, I call into question your understanding of the law, which should be of serious concern to all Penn Staters.

Also, remember, violations of the Sunshine Act carry criminal penalties. I’ve heard recently that some people intended to file complaints about that meeting. After Lanny’s remarks, I just might do the same.