This Note first addresses the facts of the Nebraska Court of Appeals decision in Meyer v. Board of Regents and then generally discusses the Nebraska Public Meetings Law. Specific holdings of Meyer are critiqued. The final parts of this Note consist of two features. First, in order to assist practitioners, the author suggests procedures for public entity negotiations that should avoid most Nebraska Public Meetings Law violations. Second, the author suggests that the holding in Meyer can best be explained by the court's concern for the real-world consequences and dangerous precedential value that would have been set if the court would have invalidated the actions taken by the Board of Regents. In the final analysis, such result-oriented decision making is criticized, and the Nebraska Legislature is invited to take appropriate corrective action.
R. J. Shortridge,
The Incidental Matters Rule and Judicially Created Exceptions to the Nebraska Public Meetings Law: A Call to the Legislature in Meyer v. Board of Regents, 510 N.W.2d 450 (Neb. App. 1993),
73 Neb. L. Rev.
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