Questions have been raised regarding a closed executive session involving the Colorado Springs City Council and City Attorney Winetta Massey last March. At the heart of the issue is Colorado’s Sunshine Law, which prohibits decision-making in executive sessions. Ballard Spahr Partner Steven D. Zansberg explains that "Colorado's courts, like those across the nation, have consistently ruled that public bodies are not permitted to make decisions behind closed doors by silently nodding their heads to indicate a 'yes' vote on a proposed course of action."

"Such decisions, even if made 'informally,' are required to occur in a meeting open to the public so the people of this community can see for themselves who said 'yes' and who didn't."

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