AG delivers opinion on moratorium on hospital discussion

The Attorney General says there is no restriction that would prohibit the board from discussing the matter during a board meeting.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 11:31 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 11:36 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – The Attorney General has given his opinion on the continued discussion of the sale of OCH Regional Medical Center during Oktibbeha County board meetings.

The county Board of Supervisors received the opinion during their board meeting on Monday, December 18, reports the Starkville Daily News.

One supervisor had asked they place a moratorium on selling the hospital so it would quit being the topic of the meetings.

However, the AG’s opinion stated there is no corresponding restriction that would prohibit the board from discussing the matter during a board meeting.

The newspaper reports elected officials have the right to full participation in the conduct of the business of the public body and should not be denied the right to speak or inquire about an issue within the public body’s purview at a meeting, according to the opinion.

District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery said, unfortunately, the opinion states there can only be a hold on placing the item on a ballot for a year and not the discussion.

“You can’t stop discussion on a topic no matter if you agree or disagree and I can live with that,” said the Board President Orlando Trainer.

The voters of Oktibbeha County voted in November to keep the hospital locally owned. 

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