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Ten months later, Sansom minutes approved

NICEVILLE - With little discussion but with a Sunshine Law inquiry looming in Tallahassee, the trustees of Northwest Florida State College moments ago approved the minutes of a meeting House Speaker Ray Sansom helped set up last March.

College president Bob Richburg, who suggested the meeting to Sansom, noted that no action was taken and that the meeting was advertised in the local paper (though the meeting was some 150 miles away at Florida State University.)

"If we were not required to have minutes, why do we feel the need to do this now?" trustee Sandy Sims asked.

Attorney Joe Lorenz said an Attorney General opinion states that "minutes" are not defined in statute but there should be a record, or "brief memorandum," of what took place. "This is that brief memorandum," Lorenz said. "So we decided that there should be these, in effect, minutes presented to the board."

The voice vote appeared unanimous. (more background here)