So, what's to stop them from having an informal discussion over breakfast, and a meeting, with minutes, after lunch?
In Indiana? The Public Meetings law, and an Official Misconduct statute that can result in felony charges for a single violation, or a state racketeering charge [with removal from office and triple damages for the plaintiff] for a continuing pattern of two or more instances of criminal activity
. Neither can they claim ignorance of the law: since state law requires all state and local public officeholders to swear to support and uphold the US and state constitutions and the laws thereof, they're presumed to know those laws or to have prima facie perjured their oath of office.
In other states the laws may vary considerably. stronger or weaker as their electors deserve.Indiana Code 5-14-1.5 Public Meetings
(Open Door Law): http://www.state.in.us/legislative/ic/code/title5/ar14/ch1.5.htmlIndiana Code 35-44-1 Bribery, Conflict of Interest, and Official Misconduct http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title35/ar44/ch1.html
[/url]Indiana Code IC 35-45-6 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations:http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title35/ar45/ch6.html"Racketeering activity" means to commit, to attempt to commit, to conspire to commit a violation of, or aiding and abetting in a violation of any of the following:
(1) A provision of IC 23-2-1, or of a rule or order issued under IC 23-2-1.
(2) A violation of IC 35-45-9.
(3) A violation of IC 35-47.
(4) A violation of IC 35-49-3.
(5) Murder (IC 35-42-1-1).
(6) Battery as a Class C felony (IC 35-42-2-1).
(7) Kidnapping (IC 35-42-3-2).
(8) Human and sexual trafficking crimes (IC 35-42-3.5).
(9) Child exploitation (IC 35-42-4-4).
(10) Robbery (IC 35-42-5-1).
(11) Carjacking (IC 35-42-5-2).
(12) Arson (IC 35-43-1-1).
(13) Burglary (IC 35-43-2-1).
(14) Theft (IC 35-43-4-2).
(15) Receiving stolen property (IC 35-43-4-2).
(16) Forgery (IC 35-43-5-2).
(17) Fraud (IC 35-43-5-4(1) through IC 35-43-5-4(9)).
(18) Bribery (IC 35-44-1-1). (19) Official misconduct (IC 35-44-1-2).
(20) Conflict of interest (IC 35-44-1-3). (21) Perjury (IC 35-44-2-1).
(22) Obstruction of justice (IC 35-44-3-4).
(23) Intimidation (IC 35-45-2-1).
(24) Promoting prostitution (IC 35-45-4-4).
(25) Promoting professional gambling (IC 35-45-5-4).
(26) Dealing in or manufacturing cocaine or a narcotic drug (IC 35-48-4-1).
(27) Dealing in or manufacturing methamphetamine (IC 35-48-4-1.1).
(28) Dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance (IC 35-48-4-2).
(29) Dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance (IC 35-48-4-3).
(30) Dealing in a schedule V controlled substance (IC 35-48-4-4).
(31) Dealing in marijuana, hash oil, or hashish (IC 35-48-4-10).
(32) Money laundering (IC 35-45-15-5).
(33) A violation of IC 35-47.5-5.