Lawsuit filed against Jackson County Commission

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) - An open government advocate has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Jackson County Commission failed to post a public notice for an Oct. 14 meeting in accordance with the Alabama Open Meetings Law.

Garry Morgan, a retired Army sergeant from Scottsboro, attends most commission and council meetings there.

In a lawsuit filed last week, he asks the commission to comply with the law and to give a five-day notice when it changes a meeting time.

He also asks the commission to hold a special meeting to reaffirm the actions it took at the Oct. 14 meeting and to give five-day notice of that meeting.

A judge said in an order Friday that he will set a hearing after the commission has a chance to respond to the complaint.

County attorney John Porter of Scottsboro said he can't comment on pending litigation.

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