straightforward and bureaucratic meeting

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Hi everyone! I don't understand the phrase "straightforward and bureaucratic meeting". It is new to me. I try to interpret it as "not complicated meeting held by bureaucrats"...

the context is as follows:
... After all, they weren’t in the business of unwanted pregnancies. Theirs was the science of helping people who desperately wanted babies.

It was actually supposed to be a fairly straightforward and bureaucratic meeting of the Virginia Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Yet the hearing room filled to capacity on Halloween day, 1979, and pro-life protestors gathered outside making dire predictions about this new science.

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    I understand the meeting was supposed to straightforward (nothing unusual expected) and bureaucratic (only for the members of the bureaucracy or council). Instead, the room was filled, with protesters outside.
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