executive session


Definition of executive session 

: a usually closed session (as of a legislative body) that functions as an executive council (as of the U.S. Senate when considering appointments or the ratification of treaties)

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About an hour after deliberations began, a panel member said the group had finished its work in executive session. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Alaska lawmaker denies disclosing ethics complaint," 17 July 2018 On Wednesday, the club offered $750,000 a year along with an ultimatum: Make a decision by 5 p.m. The school board called an emergency meeting and went into a private, executive session to discuss the matter. Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati: Is there any hope for a stadium in West End? Schools to give update Friday," 15 Mar. 2018 Immediately beforehand, at 4:30 p.m. today, council will meet in Mayor Thomas Perciak's conference room on Foltz Parkway to interview Ward 3 applicants in a private executive session. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Four new applicants emerge for vacant Strongsville City Council seats, five drop out; council scheduled to make picks tonight," 23 Jan. 2018 The Suns and Phoenix City Council have been meeting in executive session to discuss renovating the 26-year-old arena for more than a year. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Goldwater Institute takes Phoenix to court over Phoenix Suns arena records," 12 June 2018 The latter allegation also claims that the commission’s executive session discussion may not have been protected by attorney-client privilege. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Blue Hills Fire Commissioners Appear Before FOI Commission," 23 Mar. 2018 Among the executive session items discussed with Culmo during the period in question was an unspecified civil rights complaint against the lottery that required the agency to hire outside counsel, meeting minutes show. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Lottery Corp. Let Board Member And Ex-UConn Player Culmo Vote After Resignation," 21 Mar. 2018 Of the permissible executive session topics, two are commonly overused: personnel and contract formation. Kelly G. Richardson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HOA Homefront:- Why can’t they observe?," 3 Feb. 2018 Carolyn Jones, Cincinnati Public Schools board president, said Friday the board is considering discussing the land swap with FC Cincinnati in an executive session Wednesday. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati: MLS deadline on soccer stadium to pass Saturday without a site selection," 30 Mar. 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of executive session 

: a closed session (as of the U.S. Senate) in which executive business (as consideration of appointments or ratification of treaties) is taken care of — compare legislative session

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