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Introduced House Bill (H)

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Electronic communication at public meetings. Allows, with certain exceptions, a governing body of a political subdivision (except for an airport authority or a local department of aviation) to allow its members to participate in a meeting of the governing body by any means of electronic communication if: (1) the public agency adopts a written policy establishing the procedures for electronic participation; and (2) the means of communication permits simultaneous communication between the members and allows the public to attend and observe the meeting. Provides that a member participating by electronic communication is considered present at the meeting for quorum purposes Electronic communication at public meetings. Allows, with certain exceptions, a governing body of a political subdivision (except for an airport authority or a local department of aviation) to allow its members to participate in a meeting of the governing body by any means of electronic communication if: (1) the public agency adopts a written policy establishing the procedures for electronic participation; and (2) the means of communication permits simultaneous communication between the members and allows the public to attend and observe the meeting. Provides that a member participating by electronic communication is considered present at the meeting for quorum purposes and may participate in any final action taken at the meeting only if the member can be seen and heard. Provides that if a statute requires a manual signature for attesting or authenticating an obligation issued by certain state and local public entities, an electronic signature has the same force and effect as a manual signature. Adds provisions applicable to state and local public agencies when a state or local disaster emergency is declared. Makes stylistic changes. ... View more