ST. GEORGE ó With little fanfare in a meeting that grew contentious over residentsí right to discharge weapons, Dorchester County Council on Monday took a stand for the peopleís right to know.

Council approved an ordinance revision that bars its members from adding items to an agenda in the course of a meeting.

Casual agenda additions have been a common practice for any number of local government councils. The S.C. Court of Appeals ruled them illegal in a recent case.

S.C. Press Association attorney Jay Bender applauded the council move as protecting the publicís right to notice.