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Introduced House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Public meetings. Provides that a member of a governing body may participate but may not vote in a meeting of the governing body by electronic communication if the governing body is attempting to take certain final actions. Restricts the circumstances in which the governing body of a state or local public agency may hold a virtual meeting during a declared disaster emergency without any of the governing body members physically present. Requires a governing body, with certain exceptions, to do the following: (1) Post an agenda at the meeting site that has each agenda item clearly specified. (2) Provide a Public meetings. Provides that a member of a governing body may participate but may not vote in a meeting of the governing body by electronic communication if the governing body is attempting to take certain final actions. Restricts the circumstances in which the governing body of a state or local public agency may hold a virtual meeting during a declared disaster emergency without any of the governing body members physically present. Requires a governing body, with certain exceptions, to do the following: (1) Post an agenda at the meeting site that has each agenda item clearly specified. (2) Provide a meeting attendee with a reasonable opportunity to speak regarding an agenda item. (3) Limit all official action to the agenda items. Provides that a meeting that violates these requirements may result in a court action to: (1) void a final action, policy, or decision based upon official action taken at the meeting; or (2) assess civil penalties against the officer or employee responsible for the violation. ... View more