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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 . increases the public notice of meetings requirement from not less than 24 hours
14 before the public meeting to not less than 72 hours before the public meeting;
15 . allows a public body to give not less than 24 hours public notice before the
16 scheduled start time of the meeting for an item that was not foreseen in time to give
17 72 hours public notice;
18 . allows a public body to give not less than 24 hours public notice before the
19 scheduled start time for a meeting for which each item was not foreseen in time to
20 give 72 hours public notice;
21 . allows a public body within the Legislature to continue to provide not less than 24
22 hours public notice of its meetings held for any special session, extraordinary
23 session, or veto override session, or during the period of time beginning seven days
24 before a general session and ending on the last day of the general session; 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
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 52-4-202 is amended to read:
36 52-4-202. Public notice of meetings -- Emergency meetings.
37 (1) [
38 less than [
39 the meeting:
40 (a) agenda;
41 (b) date;
42 (c) scheduled start time; and
43 (d) place.
44 (2) (a) In addition to the requirements under Subsection (1), a public body which holds
45 regular meetings that are scheduled in advance over the course of a year shall give public
46 notice at least once each year of its annual meeting schedule as provided in this section.
47 (b) The public notice under Subsection (2)(a) shall specify the date, time, and place of
48 the scheduled meetings.
49 (3) (a) Public notice shall be satisfied by:
50 (i) posting written notice:
51 (A) at the principal office of the public body, or if no principal office exists, at the
52 building where the meeting is to be held; and
53 (B) [
54 Utah Public Notice Website created under Section 63F-1-701 ; and
55 (ii) providing notice to:
56 (A) at least one newspaper of general circulation within the geographic jurisdiction of
57 the public body; or
58 (B) a local media correspondent.
59 (b) A public body of a municipality under Title 10, Utah Municipal Code, a local
60 district under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local Government Entities - Local Districts, or a
61 special service district under Title 17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act, is encouraged,
62 but not required, to post written notice on the Utah Public Notice Website, if the municipality
63 or district has a current annual budget of less than $1 million.
64 (c) A public body is in compliance with the provisions of Subsection (3)(a)(ii) by
65 providing notice to a newspaper or local media correspondent under the provisions of
66 Subsection 63F-1-701 (4)(d).
67 (4) A public body is encouraged to develop and use additional electronic means to
68 provide notice of its meetings under Subsection (3).
69 (5) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(c) or (6), for an item that was not included
70 on an agenda in time to give 72 hours public notice as required under Subsection (1), because
71 the need to address the item was not foreseen at the time public notice was given, the public
72 body shall:
73 (i) give not less than 24 hours public notice before the scheduled start time of the
74 meeting; and
75 (ii) comply with all other provisions required for providing public notice under this
77 (b) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(c) or (6), for a meeting for which 72 hours
78 public notice was not made as required under Subsection (1), because the need to address each
79 item on the meeting agenda was not foreseen at the time public notice should have been given,
80 the public body shall:
81 (i) give not less than 24 hours public notice before the scheduled start time of the
82 meeting; and
83 (ii) comply with all other provisions required for providing public notice under this
85 (c) Except as provided in Subsection (6), a public body within the Legislature shall
86 provide not less than 24 hours public notice of each meeting held:
87 (i) for, or during, any special session, extraordinary session, or veto override session; or
88 (ii) during the period of time beginning seven days before a general session and ending
89 on the last day of the general session.
91 (6) (a) A public body is not required to comply with the notice requirements described
92 in Subsections (1), (3), and (5) if:
93 (i) because of unforeseen circumstances it is necessary for a public body to hold an
94 emergency meeting to consider matters of an emergency or urgent nature; and
95 (ii) the public body gives the best notice practicable of:
96 (A) the time and place of the emergency meeting; and
97 (B) the topics to be considered at the emergency meeting.
98 (b) An emergency meeting of a public body may not be held unless:
99 (i) an attempt has been made to notify all the members of the public body; and
100 (ii) a majority of the members of the public body approve the meeting.
103 (i) provide reasonable specificity to notify the public [
104 be considered at the meeting[
105 (ii) list each item on the meeting agenda.
106 (b) Subject to the provisions of Subsection [
107 presiding member of the public body, [
108 during an open meeting, even if the [
109 agenda or advance public notice for the meeting.
110 (c) Except as provided in Subsection [
111 body may not take final action on [
113 (i) listed [
114 (ii) included with the advance public notice required by this section.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-8-13 11:17 AM