Thursday, December 16, 2010

Judge Sets Schedule in Case Involving Co-op, Members

Mountain Mail Reports

Judge Albert J. Mitchell set a schedule in a case involving the Socorro Electric Cooperative and its member-owners during a status hearing in district court on Tuesday  (Dec. 13) in Los Lunas.
The co-op’s attorneys originally filed the lawsuit in June in an attempt to prevent three new bylaws that were passed by member-owners at the annual meeting in April.
Though the co-op’s attorneys later filed a motion to dismiss the case, Mitchell said he wouldn’t allow that.
The bylaws in question are:
• Call for the board to voluntarily follow the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act
• Allow members access to co-op books, records and audits, with the exception of records protected by the Privacy Act
• Allow members and the press to attend co-op board meetings and that a portion of the meeting is set aside for public comment. In addition, announcements of meetings are to be made in billing statements and advertised in local newspapers
Mitchell requested that all attorneys involved file briefs on the matter before the end of this month.

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