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Montana DOC Must Have Open Meetings On Proposals for Construction of New Prison

The Great Falls Tribune, a Montana newspaper, sued the state Department of Corrections (DOC) to compel it to conduct open negotiations regarding the construction of a new prison. The trial court held that the DOC didn't have to allow the public to observe its negotiations but did have to make its deliberations public before awarding a construction contract. The Tribune appealed.

On appeal, the Supreme Court of Montana found that Mont. Const. art. II § 9 required the DOC to allow the public to observe its negotiations. On that basis, the Court reversed the trial court's order allowing the DOC to conduct private negotiations and affirmed the remainder of it. See: Great Falls Tribune Co. Inc. v. Day, 959 P.2d 508 (1998).

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Great Falls Tribune Co. Inc. v. Day