AG: Regents' gathering violated open-meeting law

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PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Attorney General's office has ruled that Murray State University's Board of Regents violated the state's open-meeting law when more than a quorum attended a social gathering and discussed university business.

The Paducah Sun reports the ruling on Wednesday came in response to a complaint filed by attorney Jim Deckard.

The day after the gathering, the board met and voted 7-4 against renewing the contract of University President Randy Dunn.

The Attorney General's opinion does not address Deckard's claim that votes at the meeting should be declared null and void. Media law attorney Jon Fleischaker says it would be up to a court to make that determination if a lawsuit is filed.

Local prosecutor Mark Blankenship says an attorney general's opinion doesn't have the force of law.

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