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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The school board planned to go into executive session Thursday night to discuss the arrests but was not planning to vote on anything related to the matter, Pallin said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Montville School Administrators Charged In 'Fight Club' Probe," 19 Apr. 2018 The problem was that until then, council had met only in private, executive sessions to discuss the applicants. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "One applicant to Strongsville City Council withdraws candidacy after appointment controversy; other applicants sound off," 16 Jan. 2018 The Jefferson County Board of Education will build new high school in Fultondale, the body decided in executive session on March 13, 2018. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Jefferson County to build new high school in Fultondale," 21 Mar. 2018 Tinley Park, in asserting the closed-door discussions should remain private, said when the executive sessions were held, the village faced threatened or actual litigation concerning The Reserve. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Feds, Tinley Park at odds over recordings of closed-door talks related to controversial apartment development," 1 June 2018 Perry said Monday many of her neighbors are asking questions about the executive session and are frustrated because of a lack of information. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Port Marigny settlement pending? Citizens want to know," 9 Apr. 2018 Kavanaugh and members of the Judiciary Committee then headed into a private executive session. Fox News, "Kavanaugh hearings see flood of document releases as Dems claim to flout Senate rules," 7 Sep. 2018 The board started interviewing candidates in April, holding a flurry of executive sessions to interview prospective candidates in the last three weeks. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel wants a Hoosier teacher for next school superintendent, survey shows," 7 May 2018 The decision to open an investigation came after the committee convened a hearing Monday and immediately went into an executive session, which wasn’t open to the public. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Council Opens Probe," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of executive session

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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