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 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 During Monday's executive session, Thompson and Horton presented their findings and council considered their options. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton council censures colleague after allegations from city employee," 17 Apr. 2018 After the July 12 application deadline, the school board will invite finalists to an interview during executive session, according to District 128’s statement. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "District 128 seeks applicants after board member resigns," 3 July 2018 Though the court planned an executive session to discuss the accusations, which came from an investigation by the county attorney's office, members decided to question Chief Public Defender Alex Bunin in public. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County public defender keeps job amid questions from Commissioners Court," 12 June 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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