Executive session

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An executive session is a portion of the United States Senate's daily session in which it considers nominations and treaties, or other items introduced by the President of the United States.[1] These items are termed executive business; therefore, the session is an executive session.[2] It can either be closed door or open door. Historically,[when?] as a courtesy to the President, such sessions were always held behind closed doors, but this custom has been abandoned in modern times. The term "executive session" is still employed to refer to closed-door committee meetings, whether or not they are considering executive business; in any case, those present in an executive session are sworn to secrecy.[3]

An executive session may also be used in other legislatures.[4][5][6]

Use in organizations[edit]

More generally, an executive session is a term for any block within an otherwise open meeting (often of a board of directors) in which minutes are taken separately, outsiders are not present, and the contents of the discussion are treated as confidential (see in camera).[7] In a deliberative assembly, an executive session has come to mean that the proceedings are secret and members could be punished for violating the secrecy,[8] the business that is conducted in executive session could include legal issues, formation of contracts, disciplinary hearings, or personnel issues.[9][10][11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "United States Senate Manual, 106th Congress-Rule XXXI:EXECUTIVE SESSION--PROCEEDINGS ON NOMINATIONS". www.gpo.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  2. ^ "executive session glossary term". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  3. ^ "EXECUTIVE SESSIONS - Rules of the Senate - United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration". www.rules.senate.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  4. ^ "General Laws: CHAPTER 30A, Section 21". malegislature.gov. The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Rules of the Senate - Senate of the Philippines (RULE XLVII - EXECUTIVE SESSION)". www.senate.gov.ph. Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  6. ^ Carter, J. Burgess (November 12, 2014). "Liberia: Senate Rushes Into Executive Session". allAfrica.com. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media. Liberian Observer. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions about RONR (Question 17)". The Official Robert's Rules of Order Web Site. The Robert's Rules Association. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  8. ^ Robert, Henry M.; et al. (2011). Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-0-306-82020-5. 
  9. ^ "Executive Session Defined". www.davis-stirling.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  10. ^ "The Who, When, and Why of Board Executive Sessions". www.asaecenter.org. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  11. ^ "Should the Board Hold Executive Sessions? | Blue Avocado". www.blueavocado.org. Retrieved 2016-01-30.