Updated: 9:48 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 | Posted: 9:47 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011
Permissible executive session topics
Certain personnel matters
The purchase of property
Pending or imminent litigation
Collective bargaining matters
Matters required to be kept confidential by federal or state law
Hospital trade secrets
Veterans Service Commission applications
1. An executive session can only be held at a regular or special meeting, and must always begin and end in an open meeting.
2. An executive session requires a proper motion and roll-call vote. The motion must specifically identify which one of the approved topics will be discussed. It can’t simply state “personnel” or just list every possible topic, but it is not required to include the name of the person to be discussed.
3. A majority of the body must vote to go into executive session.
4. A motion to adjourn the executive session and return to public session is not necessary.
5. Minutes of an executive session are not required. A motion that properly identifies the permissible topic to be discussed, and the return to open session, noted in the meeting minutes is sufficient documentation.
Source: Ohio Sunshine Laws 2010: An Open Government Resource Manual