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First Substitute H.B. 207
This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM by jeyring. -->
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Open and Public Meetings Act by amending public notice
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . if the need for a meeting is known at least 72 hours in advance, requires a public
14 notice of not less than 72 hours for each public meeting and provides that the public
15 notice include an agenda on which all items then planned to be discussed at the
16 meeting are listed;
17 . provides that the 24 hour public notice requirement is satisfied if no additional
18 items are added to the agenda;
19 . provides exceptions for legislative meetings held for any special session,
20 extraordinary session, or veto override session, or during the period of time
21 beginning seven days before a general session and ending on the last day of the
22 general session;
23 . prohibits a court from voiding a final action taken by a public body for failure to
24 comply with the 72 hour public notice requirements; and
25 . makes technical changes.
26 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
28 Other Special Clauses:
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 52-4-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, First Special Session, Chapter 5
33 52-4-302, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 403
35 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36 Section 1. Section 52-4-202 is amended to read:
37 52-4-202. Public notice of meetings -- Emergency meetings.
38 (1) [
39 24 hours public notice before the scheduled start time of each meeting including the meeting:
40 (a) agenda;
41 (b) date;
42 (c) scheduled start time; and
43 (d) place.
44 (2) (a) [
45 requirements under Subsection (1), a public body [
46 (i) if the need for a meeting is known at least 72 hours before the scheduled start time
47 of the meeting, shall give not less than 72 hours public notice before the scheduled start time of
48 each meeting and include in the public notice, an agenda on which all items planned to be
49 discussed at the time of the public notice, are listed; and
50 (ii) that holds regular meetings that are scheduled in advance over the course of a year
51 shall give public notice at least once each year of its annual meeting schedule as provided in
52 this section.
53 (b) The public notice under Subsection (2)(a) shall specify the date, time, and place of
54 the scheduled meetings.
55 (c) A public notice required under Subsection (1) is satisfied by the public notice given
56 under Subsection (2)(a)(i), if no additional items are added to the agenda. H. A public body may
56a amend an agenda posted under Subsection (2)(a)(i) by posting a revised agenda under
56b Subsection (1). .H
57 (d) The additional public notice requirements under Subsection (2)(a)(i) do not apply to
58 a public body within the Legislature for a meeting held:
59 (i) for, or during, any special session, extraordinary session, or veto override session; or
60 (ii) during the period of time beginning seven days before a general session and ending
61 on the last day of the general session.
62 (3) (a) Public notice under this section shall be satisfied by:
63 (i) posting written notice:
64 (A) at the principal office of the public body, or if no principal office exists, at the
65 building where the meeting is to be held; and
66 (B) [
67 Utah Public Notice Website created under Section 63F-1-701 ; and
68 (ii) providing notice to:
69 (A) at least one newspaper of general circulation within the geographic jurisdiction of
70 the public body; or
71 (B) a local media correspondent.
72 (b) A public body of a municipality under Title 10, Utah Municipal Code, a local
73 district under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local Government Entities - Local Districts, or a
74 special service district under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act, is encouraged,
75 but not required, to post written notice on the Utah Public Notice Website, if the municipality
76 or district has a current annual budget of less than $1 million.
77 (c) A public body is in compliance with the provisions of Subsection (3)(a)(ii) by
78 providing notice to a newspaper or local media correspondent under the provisions of
79 Subsection 63F-1-701 (4)(d).
80 (4) A public body is encouraged to develop and use additional electronic means to
81 provide notice of its meetings under Subsection (3).
83 (5) (a) A public body is not required to comply with the notice requirements described
84 in Subsections (1), (2), and (3) if:
85 (i) because of unforeseen circumstances it is necessary for a public body to hold an
86 emergency meeting to consider matters of an emergency or urgent nature; and
87 (ii) the public body gives the best notice practicable of:
88 (A) the time and place of the emergency meeting; and
89 (B) the topics to be considered at the emergency meeting.
90 (b) An emergency meeting of a public body may not be held unless:
91 (i) an attempt has been made to notify all the members of the public body; and
92 (ii) a majority of the members of the public body approve the meeting.
93 (6) (a) A public notice that is required to include an agenda under Subsection (1) and
94 (2) shall:
95 (i) provide reasonable specificity to notify the public [
96 be considered at the meeting[
97 (ii) list each item on the meeting agenda.
98 (b) Subject to the provisions of Subsection (6)(c), and at the discretion of the presiding
99 member of the public body, [
100 open meeting, even if the [
101 advance public notice for the meeting.
102 (c) Except as provided in Subsection (5), relating to emergency meetings, a public
103 body may not take final action on [
105 (i) listed [
106 (ii) included with the advance public notice required by this section.
107 Section 2. Section 52-4-302 is amended to read:
108 52-4-302. Suit to void final action -- Limitation -- Exceptions.
109 (1) (a) [
110 violation of Section 52-4-201 , 52-4-202 , 52-4-207 , or 52-4-209 is voidable by a court of
111 competent jurisdiction.
112 (b) A court may not void a final action taken by a public body for failure to comply
113 with the:
114 (i) public notice requirements described in Subsection 52-4-202 (2)(a)(i); or
115 (ii) posting written notice requirements under Subsection 52-4-202 (3)(a)(i)(B) if:
119 (B) the failure was a result of unforeseen Internet hosting or communication
120 technology failure.
121 (2) Except as provided under Subsection (3), a suit to void final action shall be
122 commenced within 90 days after the date of the action.
123 (3) A suit to void final action concerning the issuance of bonds, notes, or other
124 evidences of indebtedness shall be commenced within 30 days after the date of the action.
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