Senate Bill 0089
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DIGEST OF SB89 (Updated January 31, 2006 5:58 pm - DI 84)
Serial meetings and electronic meetings. Provides that, absent express statutory authorization, a member of the governing body of a public agency who is not physically present at a meeting but communicates with other members of the governing body during the meeting by an electronic means of communication (excluding electronic mail) may not participate in a final action taken at the meeting or be considered to be present at the meeting. Allows the governing body of a state educational institution, the Ivy Tech board of trustees (and committee of the board), the board of trustees of Vincennes University (and the committee of the board), and the governing body of a joint agency of a municipal utility program to conduct meetings by electronic means. Provides, with certain exceptions, that a series of gatherings by members of the governing body of a public agency violates the open door law if: (1) less than a quorum of members of the governing body attend each gathering; (2) the total number of members attending all gatherings at least equals a quorum of the governing body; (3) all the gatherings concern the same subject matter and are held within a period of not more than seven days; and (4) the gatherings are held for the purpose of conducting official business.
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