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Should airport's meeting transcripts be public?

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The Supreme Court will decide whether the airport must make public certain transcripts of its Board executive sessions. In a hearing Thursday before the high court, DFS argued its motion that the open government law requires that the details of such meetings must be released after 6 months.

DFS is seeking information that may be helpful in its long-running legal battle with the airport over the master retail contract which it lost after 30 years. But the airport won a lower court order to keep the minutes under seal, citing attorney client-privilege involving ongoing litigation with DFS.

Airport Attorney Genevieve Rapadas says the court must weigh the public's right to know against potential harm to government agencies, saying, "There has to be a balancing involved because the airport represents the people. We serve the people of Guam, we serve the people who travel in and out of Guam, and so the airport and all government agencies have to discuss what their litigation strategies is with their attorneys without the fear that their adversaries are going to be able to get those discussions and use it against them in those cases."

The Supreme Court has taken the matter under advisement. It is one of several issues pending before the high court, including the main case.

The airport is appealing a decision by Judge Arthur Barcinas to void the $140 million contract that the airport awarded to DFS rival Lotte Duty Free in 2013.

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