118 members of The Common Interest reviewed these briefing materials and completed a questionnaire in November, 2005. Reflecting the overwhelming majority -- 95% -- of members who expressed their opposition to the current policy of allowing legislative committees to close their meetings to the public for any reason, The Common Interest officially opposes that policy. Reflecting majorities of greater than 60%, The Common Interest supports allowing committees to close their meetings to the public when discussing pending litigation, discipline of an employee, security matters, or records exempt from public disclosure, but opposes allowing committees to close their meetings when discussing acquisition of real estate or discipline of a member of the legislature.
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