What is an Executive Session?

An executive session is a private meeting held by a legislative body, such as a government council, board of directors, or committee, where discussions and deliberations occur behind closed doors, away from the public and the media.   Executive sessions are typically governed by specific rules and regulations to ensure that the closed-door discussions are used appropriately and the information discussed remains confidential as necessary.   The proceedings and details of an executive session are usually not disclosed to the public. However, a summary or general information about the topics discussed may be released afterward without revealing sensitive information.

What is Discussed During an Executive Session?

The specific types of matters discussed in executive sessions can vary widely depending on the context and the organization. Here are some common types of matters that might be discussed in executive sessions:

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