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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . amends the definition of public body to include a subset of the public body; and
13 . makes technical changes.
14 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 52-4-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 25 and 215
22 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23 Section 1. Section 52-4-103 is amended to read:
24 52-4-103. Definitions.
25 As used in this chapter:
26 (1) "Anchor location" means the physical location from which:
27 (a) an electronic meeting originates; or
28 (b) the participants are connected.
29 (2) "Convening" means the calling of a meeting of a public body by a person
30 authorized to do so for the express purpose of discussing or acting upon a subject over which
31 that public body has jurisdiction or advisory power.
32 (3) "Electronic meeting" means a public meeting convened or conducted by means of a
33 conference using electronic communications.
34 (4) "Electronic message" means a communication transmitted electronically, including:
35 (a) electronic mail;
36 (b) instant messaging;
37 (c) electronic chat;
38 (d) text messaging as defined in Section 76-4-401 ; or
39 (e) any other method that conveys a message or facilitates communication
41 (5) (a) "Meeting" means the convening of a public body, with a quorum present,
42 including a workshop or an executive session whether the meeting is held in person or by
43 means of electronic communications, for the purpose of discussing, receiving comments from
44 the public about, or acting upon a matter over which the public body has jurisdiction or
45 advisory power.
46 (b) "Meeting" does not mean:
47 (i) a chance meeting;
48 (ii) a social meeting;
49 (iii) the convening of a public body that has both legislative and executive
50 responsibilities where no public funds are appropriated for expenditure during the time the
51 public body is convened and:
52 (A) the public body is convened solely for the discussion or implementation of
53 administrative or operational matters for which no formal action by the public body is required;
55 (B) the public body is convened solely for the discussion or implementation of
56 administrative or operational matters that would not come before the public body for
57 discussion or action; or
58 (iv) a meeting of the State Tax Commission to consider a confidential tax matter in
59 accordance with Section 59-1-405 .
60 (6) "Monitor" means to hear or observe, live, by audio or video equipment, all of the
61 public statements of each member of the public body who is participating in a meeting.
62 (7) "Participate" means the ability to communicate with all of the members of a public
63 body, either verbally or electronically, so that each member of the public body can hear or
64 observe the communication.
65 (8) (a) "Public body" means:
66 (i) any administrative, advisory, executive, or legislative body of the state or its
67 political subdivisions that:
73 (ii) two or more persons belonging to a body described in Subsection (8)(a)(i) who are
74 assigned by the body or a presiding officer of the body to discuss an issue about which the body
75 has authority to make a decision or take action.
76 (b) "Public body" does not include a:
77 (i) political party, political group, or political caucus; or
78 (ii) conference committee, rules committee, or sifting committee of the Legislature.
79 (9) "Public statement" means a statement made in the ordinary course of business of
80 the public body with the intent that all other members of the public body receive it.
81 (10) (a) "Quorum" means a simple majority of the membership of a public body, unless
82 otherwise defined by applicable law.
83 (b) "Quorum" does not include a meeting of two elected officials by themselves when
84 no action, either formal or informal, is taken on a subject over which these elected officials
85 have advisory power.
86 (11) "Recording" means an audio, or an audio and video, record of the proceedings of a
87 meeting that can be used to review the proceedings of the meeting.
88 (12) "Transmit" means to send, convey, or communicate an electronic message by
89 electronic means.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-27-12 2:52 PM