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 more conversations and decisions that slip into private, executive session leave the public uneasy and unassured. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Lesson from horse racing’s Justify, Triple Crown mess: Fix CHRB," 12 Sep. 2019 Competing for viewers: Though the streaming giant, Netflix, didn’t present any panels or executive sessions, there was plenty of talk about why viewers should watch fill-in-the-blank, instead of the throw-everything-at-the-wall Netflix approach. oregonlive.com, "Searching for the next ‘Game of Thrones,’ comparing past and present politics, and more: TV press tour," 1 Aug. 2019 Vernon Hills typically holds executive sessions at the end of meetings. Rick Kambic, chicagotribune.com, "Without explanation, Vernon Hills appoints retired police chief as interim village manager," 22 Mar. 2018 The meeting could go into executive session, away from public view, though some lawmakers, like Rep. Richard Raymond Peña, have called for it to be held entirely in public. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Lawmakers to investigate claim of Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen's quid pro quo offer to activist group," 12 Aug. 2019 In Cumberland tonight, the Town Council will meet in executive session to discuss Councilman Peter Bradley’s legal effort to block his removal as council president. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "PawSox attendance continues to plummet. $400K liquor licenses in Newport," 29 Aug. 2019 Arguing was loud enough to be heard through the walls of the board room as trustees mulled the decision in executive session. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "In switch, Harlandale ISD board lets suspended leader resign," 5 Aug. 2019 That wasn’t the only contentious portion of the executive session. oregonlive.com, "CBS executives pressed on ‘Bull’ and ‘Big Brother’ controversies over sexual harassment and racism: TV press tour," 1 Aug. 2019 The city will post an application online for those interested in Position 2, officials announced after coming out of executive session during their Monday special meeting. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble seeks $2 million grant to improve drainage in Northshire subdivision," 30 July 2019

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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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