One Woodbury County Supervisor is fired up over what he calls a “terrible
move for transparency” in local government.
Supervisor Matthew Ung sent the media a letter Tuesday night, following the weekly board of supervisors meeting.
Here’s the decision he takes issue with: the group, on the county attorney’s recommendation, will stop live-streaming their meetings to YouTube.
Because the video isn’t closed-captioned, the attorney is worried about legal trouble.
Supervisor Rocky DeWitt says it’s not what he wants to do but they’re trying to be proactive.
Rocky DeWitt says, “It’s just frustrating to learn that someone might be offended and we’re trying to do the right things and we’re trying to make sure we have our t’s crossed and our i’s dotted, but in fear of a lawsuit, we’re just taking the prudent approach and doing our best to avoid that.”
DeWitt says this is just for the time-being and they’re talking with the city and school board about potential cost-savings to get some shared closed captioning services.
In the meantime, the board has also been encouraged to take all past meeting clips off YouTube.
In his letter Ung says “open and honest government took a major blow tonight.”