On Aug. 10, I was at the Mexico selectmen’s meeting and one of the items discussed and decided was to have a joint meeting with the recreation board and the selectmen. This meeting was open to the public, but I was told I could not tape it.

Wrong.

Any meeting that is open to the public can be taped. This decision to not allow me to tape was made by the board’s chairperson who told me, “No camera.”

All of the other selectmen present could have spoken out, as well as town employees, because they all know very well about Maine’s “right to know” laws, but no one said “boo.”

This is the second time I was told I could not tape a meeting in Mexico. The first time, I backed off. This time, I won’t. I plan to be at the meeting on the fourth of September.

I have already been told I will not be allowed to speak, but that’s OK as my camera does not talk.

Marjorie Richard, Mexico

Editor’s note: Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, Title 1, Chapter 13, Section 404, expressly permits people to make written, taped or filmed records of all public proceedings, provided the filming does not interfere with the meeting. The body holding the meeting can set rules, such as where cameras and tape recorders can be located but cannot deny someone’s effort to record the proceeding.


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