Before each Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting, the 11 members show up early for a closed-door partisan caucus.
Republicans meet in one room. Democrats gather next door.
Since joining council in 2008, Vincent Rubino, a Democrat, has always wondered whether the gatherings where topics of the day including pending legislation are discussed, are legal.
What has troubled Rubino is that one party holds the majority — now the Republicans and in the past Democrats — thus the chats could be construed as a gathering of a council majority and a violation of Ohio’s open meetings law.
It bothered Rubino so much that he brought it up to his fellow Democrats once or twice since his appointment and three subsequent elections. Last summer, he quit going to caucus.