NC House Wants Many Closed Sessions Recorded

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The state House wants North Carolina governmental bodies to record many meetings they hold behind closed doors.

The chamber voted 87-29 Thursday for a bill directing all public bodies to record by audio or audio and video what went on in private, with some exceptions. The public and media could receive the recording once the reason for having a private meeting is no longer applicable.

Public bodies now must keep a "general account" of the closed session that can be released later.

Governmental bodies can meet privately for several reasons, such as to discuss economic development negotiations and reports of criminal investigations.

The bill now heading to the Senate would prevent recordings about board discussions of personnel matters, potential terrorist activity, and privileged information with its attorney.

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