Attorney General: MSU Regents Broke Law
By WestKyStar Staff
MURRAY, KY - The Kentucky Attorney General Office’s issued an opinion on Wednesday stating that the Murray State University Board of Regents violated state open-meeting laws.
The opinion, issued in response to a complaint filed March 21 by Lexington attorney Jim Deckard, says that a March 14 Social meeting violated open-meeting laws because a quorum of regents convened and discussed university business. The next day, the board voted 7-4 not to renew President Randy Dunn’s contract.
The opinion does not mention a claim from Deckard that the votes taken at the regular board of regents meeting the next day be declared null and void. Jon Fleischaker, a partner with Louisville-based Dinsmore & Shoul and chairman of the firm’s communications and media group, told the Paducah Sun the next step would be to file a lawsuit, either from Deckard or the university. The court would then rule whether to void the votes from the March 15 meeting.
Fleischaker told the Sun the two major issues in the case are whether the discussions at the informal gathering the night prior to the vote led to the contract nonrenewal and if the action can be voided as a result.
Calloway Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said that fines and penalties could be issued as a result of the violation. He also said that an attorney general’s opinion does not have the force of law, and can be challenged.