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First Substitute H.B. 166
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Open and Public Meetings Act by amending provisions related to
10 minutes of meetings.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires written minutes of open meetings to be available to the public within 14
14 days after the date of the meeting or at the next scheduled meeting, whichever is
16 . allows minutes of an open meeting to be classified as a protected draft;
17 . provides that minutes of an open meeting are public records when they are
18 distributed for approval by the public body; and
19 . makes technical changes.
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 52-4-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapters 35, 204, and 329
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 52-4-203 is amended to read:
30 52-4-203. Minutes of open meetings -- Public records -- Recording of meetings.
31 (1) Except as provided under Subsection (8), 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 is not a member of the public body, and upon
40 recognition by the presiding member of the public body, provided testimony or comments to
41 the public body;
42 (f) the substance, in brief, of the testimony or comments provided by the public under
43 Subsection (2)(e); and
44 (g) any other information that any member requests be entered in the written minutes
45 or recording.
46 (3) A recording of an open meeting shall:
47 (a) be a complete and unedited record of all open portions of the meeting from the
48 commencement of the meeting through adjournment of the meeting; and
49 (b) be properly labeled or identified with the date, time, and place of the meeting.
50 (4) (a) The minutes [
51 available [
52 of the meeting or at the next scheduled meeting, whichever is later.
53 (b) Subject to the limitations under this Subsection (4), minutes of an open meeting
54 may be classified as a protected draft under Section 63-2-304 .
55 (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (4)(a), minutes of an open meeting
56 are public records at the time they are distributed to the public body for their approval.
57 (d) The recordings of an open meeting are public records and shall be available to the
58 public within a reasonable time after the meeting.
60 minutes within a reasonable time upon request.
61 (5) All or any part of an open meeting may be independently recorded by any person in
62 attendance if the recording does not interfere with the conduct of the meeting.
63 (6) [
64 retained permanently shall be maintained in or converted to a format that meets long-term
65 records storage requirements.
66 (7) Written minutes and recordings of open meetings are public records under Title 63,
67 Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act, but written minutes shall be the
68 official record of action taken at the meeting.
69 (8) Either written minutes or a recording shall be kept of:
70 (a) an open meeting that is a site visit or a traveling tour, if no vote or action is taken
71 by the public body; and
72 (b) an open meeting of a local district under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local
73 Government Entities - Local Districts, or special service district under Title 17A, Chapter 2,
74 Part 13, Utah Special Service District Act, if the district's annual budgeted expenditures for all
75 funds, excluding capital expenditures and debt service, are $50,000 or less.
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