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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies the Open and Public Meetings Act by amending provisions related to
11 minutes and a recording of an open meeting.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . clarifies that the minutes of a meeting must include information requested to be
15 added by a member only if that information was part of the proceedings of the
17 . provides specific circumstances as to when the written minutes of an open meeting
18 become a public record;
19 . requires a public body to establish and implement procedures for approval of
20 written minutes;
21 . requires that a recording of an open meeting must be available to the public for
22 listening within three business days after the meeting;
23 . repeals a requirement that a recording must be converted to written minutes within
24 a reasonable time upon request;
25 . provides that a meeting recording is not required for site visits or traveling tour or
26 for certain small local districts; and
27 . makes technical changes.
28 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
30 Other Special Clauses:
32 Utah Code Sections Affected:
34 52-4-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 360 and 382
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 52-4-203 is amended to read:
38 52-4-203. Written minutes of open meetings -- Public records -- Recording of
40 (1) Except as provided under Subsection [
41 shall be kept of all open meetings.
42 (2) Written minutes of an open meeting shall include:
43 (a) the date, time, and place of the meeting;
44 (b) the names of members present and absent;
45 (c) the substance of all matters proposed, discussed, or decided by the public body
46 which may include a summary of comments made by members of the public body;
47 (d) a record, by individual member, of each vote taken by the public body;
48 (e) the name of each person who:
49 (i) is not a member of the public body[
50 (ii) after being recognized by the presiding member of the public body, provided
51 testimony or comments to the public body;
52 (f) the substance, in brief, of the testimony or comments provided by the public under
53 Subsection (2)(e); and
54 (g) any other information that is a record of the proceedings of the meeting that any
55 member requests be entered in the minutes or recording.
56 (3) A recording of an open meeting shall:
57 (a) be a complete and unedited record of all open portions of the meeting from the
58 commencement of the meeting through adjournment of the meeting; and
59 (b) be properly labeled or identified with the date, time, and place of the meeting.
60 (4) [
61 records [
62 Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act, as follows:
63 (a) Written minutes that have been prepared in a form awaiting only formal approval
64 by the public body are a public record.
65 (b) Written minutes shall be available to the public within a reasonable time after the
66 end of the meeting.
67 (c) Written minutes that are made available to the public before approval by the public
68 body under Subsection (4)(d) shall be clearly identified as "awaiting formal approval" or
69 "unapproved" or with some other appropriate notice that the written minutes are subject to
70 change until formally approved.
71 (d) A public body shall establish and implement procedures for the public body's
72 approval of the written minutes of each meeting.
73 (e) Written minutes are the official record of action taken at the meeting.
74 (f) A recording of an open meeting shall be available to the public for listening within
75 three business days after the end of the meeting.
78 (5) All or any part of an open meeting may be independently recorded by any person
79 in attendance if the recording does not interfere with the conduct of the meeting.
80 (6) [
81 are required to be retained permanently shall be maintained in or converted to a format that
82 meets long-term records storage requirements.
87 (7) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a recording is not required to be kept of:
88 (a) an open meeting that is a site visit or a traveling tour, if no vote or action is taken
89 by the public body; [
90 (b) an open meeting of a local district under Title 17B, Limited Purpose Local
91 Government Entities - Local Districts, or special service district under Title 17D, Chapter 1,
92 Special Service District Act, if the district's annual budgeted expenditures for all funds,
93 excluding capital expenditures and debt service, are $50,000 or less.
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