PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Phenix City Council approved new legislation that would be added to the city charter.
Under the new rule, those who discuss what is said in an executive session outside of that session can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.
Councilmen Chris Blackshear and Gail Head voted against the resolution. Blackshear told News Leader 9 the city attorney went to the Alabama League of Municipalities who says the state constitution does not give the local government the authority to add those charges to the city charter.
"Well the main reason I voted against the charter as it's laid out in the changes that we're sending up to the state level now to approve and or deny is when you start using words as misdemeanors and felony's against local elected officials, that's pretty stern words to use in any language," Chris Blackshear stated.
The charter review committee felt they needed to tighten the reigns on elected officials. This was based on issues faced in the past.
Blackshear says the new mandate wouldn't affect the current members of council, but would affect incoming members. The measure passed with a 3 to 2 vote.