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S.B. 77 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions relating to the availability of government information.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . requires certain public bodies to post minutes and audio recordings of meetings on
13 the Utah Public Notice Website;
14 . modifies provisions regarding the manner and time of making minutes public;
15 . modifies a provision relating to the Utah Public Notice Website to make
16 conforming changes; and
17 . makes technical changes.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 52-4-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 137
25 63F-1-701, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 138
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 52-4-203 is amended to read:
29 52-4-203. Written minutes of open meetings -- Public records -- Recording of
31 (1) Except as provided under Subsection (7), written minutes and a recording shall be
32 kept of all open meetings.
33 (2) Written minutes of an open meeting shall include:
34 (a) the date, time, and place of the meeting;
35 (b) the names of members present and absent;
36 (c) the substance of all matters proposed, discussed, or decided by the public body
37 which may include a summary of comments made by members of the public body;
38 (d) a record, by individual member, of each vote taken by the public body;
39 (e) the name of each person who:
40 (i) is not a member of the public body; and
41 (ii) after being recognized by the presiding member of the public body, provided
42 testimony or comments to the public body;
43 (f) the substance, in brief, of the testimony or comments provided by the public under
44 Subsection (2)(e); and
45 (g) any other information that is a record of the proceedings of the meeting that any
46 member requests be entered in the minutes or recording.
47 (3) A recording of an open meeting shall:
48 (a) be a complete and unedited record of all open portions of the meeting from the
49 commencement of the meeting through adjournment of the meeting; and
50 (b) be properly labeled or identified with the date, time, and place of the meeting.
61 (4) (a) As used in this Subsection (4):
62 (i) "Approved minutes" means written minutes:
63 (A) of an open meeting; and
64 (B) that have been approved by the public body that held the open meeting.
65 (ii) "Pending minutes" means written minutes:
66 (A) of an open meeting; and
67 (B) that have been prepared in draft form and are subject to change before being
68 approved by the public body that held the open meeting.
69 (iii) "Specified local public body" means a legislative body of a county, city, or town.
70 (iv) "State public body" means a public body that is an administrative, advisory,
71 executive, or legislative body of the state.
72 (v) "Website" means the Utah Public Notice Website created under Section 63F-1-701 .
73 (b) Pending minutes, approved minutes, and a recording of a public meeting are public
74 records under Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
75 (c) Pending minutes shall contain a clear indication that the public body has not yet
76 approved the minutes or that the minutes are subject to change until the public body approves
78 (d) A state public body shall:
79 (i) make pending minutes available to the public within 30 days after holding the open
80 meeting that is the subject of the pending minutes;
81 (ii) within three business days after approving written minutes of an open meeting, post
82 to the website and make available to the public at the public body's primary office a copy of the
83 approved minutes and any public materials distributed at the meeting; and
84 (iii) within three business days after holding an open meeting, post on the website an
85 audio recording of the open meeting, or a link to the recording.
86 (e) (i) A specified local public body shall:
87 (A) make pending minutes available to the public within 30 days after holding the open
88 meeting that is the subject of the pending minutes;
89 (B) subject to Subsection (4)(e)(ii), within three business days after approving written
90 minutes of an open meeting, post to the website and make available to the public at the public
91 body's primary office a copy of the approved minutes and any public materials distributed at
92 the meeting; and
93 (C) within three business days after holding an open meeting, make an audio recording
94 of the open meeting available to the public for listening.
95 (ii) A specified local public body of a city of the fifth class or town is encouraged to
96 comply with Subsection (4)(e)(i)(B) but is not required to comply until January 1, 2015.
97 (f) A public body that is not a state public body or a specified local public body shall:
98 (i) make pending minutes available to the public within a reasonable time after holding
99 the open meeting that is the subject of the pending minutes;
100 (ii) within three business days after approving written minutes, make the approved
101 minutes available to the public; and
102 (iii) within three business days after holding an open meeting, make an audio recording
103 of the open meeting available to the public for listening.
105 approval of the written minutes of each meeting.
110 (5) All or any part of an open meeting may be independently recorded by any person in
111 attendance if the recording does not interfere with the conduct of the meeting.
112 (6) The written minutes or recording of an open meeting that are required to be
113 retained permanently shall be maintained in or converted to a format that meets long-term
114 records storage requirements.
115 (7) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a recording is not required to be kept of:
116 (a) an open meeting that is a site visit or a traveling tour, if no vote or action is taken
117 by the public body; or
118 (b) an open meeting of a local district under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local
119 Government Entities - Local Districts, or special service district under Title 17D, Chapter 1,
120 Special Service District Act, if the district's annual budgeted expenditures for all funds,
121 excluding capital expenditures and debt service, are $50,000 or less.
122 Section 2. Section 63F-1-701 is amended to read:
123 63F-1-701. Utah Public Notice Website -- Establishment and administration.
124 (1) As used in this part:
125 (a) "Division" means the Division of Archives and Records Service of the Department
126 of Administrative Services.
127 (b) "Public body" has the same meaning as provided under Section 52-4-103 .
128 (c) "Public information" means a public body's public notices, minutes, audio
129 recordings, and other materials that are required to be posted to the website under Title 52,
130 Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act, or other statute or state agency rule.
132 (2) There is created the Utah Public Notice Website to be administered by the Division
133 of Archives and Records Service.
134 (3) The website shall consist of an Internet website provided to assist the public to find
135 posted public [
138 (4) The division, with the technical assistance of the Department of Technology
139 Services, shall create the website which shall:
140 (a) allow a public body, or other certified entity, to easily post any public [
141 information [
142 (b) allow the public to search the public [
143 (i) public body name;
144 (ii) date of posting of the notice;
145 (iii) date of any meeting or deadline included as part of the public [
147 (iv) any other criteria approved by the division;
148 (c) allow the public to search and view past, archived public [
149 (d) allow a person to subscribe to receive updates and notices associated with a public
150 body or a particular type of [
151 (e) be easily accessible by the public from the State of Utah home page;
152 (f) have a unique and simplified website address;
153 (g) be directly accessible via a link from the main page of the official state website; and
154 (h) include other links, features, or functionality that will assist the public in obtaining
155 and reviewing public information [
156 be approved by the division.
157 (5) The division shall be responsible for:
158 (a) establishing and maintaining the website, including the provision of equipment,
159 resources, and personnel as is necessary;
160 (b) providing a mechanism for public bodies or other certified entities to have access to
161 the website for the purpose of posting and modifying [
162 (c) maintaining an archive of all [
163 (6) The timing for posting and the content of the public [
164 the website shall be the responsibility of the public body or other entity posting the [
165 public information.
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