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S.B. 136 Enrolled
9 LONG TITLE
10 General Description:
11 This bill modifies provisions of the Open and Public Meetings Act.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . authorizes the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission to convene a closed
15 meeting without first commencing an open meeting and voting to close the meeting
17 . the purpose of the meeting is to conduct business relating to the receipt or
18 review of an ethics complaint; and
19 . it provides advance public notice of the closed meeting;
20 . provides that an ethics committee of the Legislature may close a meeting by a
21 majority vote of the members present if the committee is meeting for the purpose of
22 reviewing an ethics complaint and the meeting is closed for the purpose of:
23 . conducting deliberations to reach a decision on an ethics complaint; or
24 . seeking legal advice on legal, evidentiary, or procedural matters; and
25 . makes technical changes.
26 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
28 Other Special Clauses:
29 This bill provides an immediate effective date.
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 52-4-204, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 263 and renumbered and
33 amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 14
34 52-4-205, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 14
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 52-4-204 is amended to read:
38 52-4-204. Closed meeting held upon vote of members -- Business -- Reasons for
39 meeting recorded.
40 (1) A closed meeting may be held if:
41 (a) [
42 (ii) the meeting is an open meeting for which notice has been given under Section
43 52-4-202 ; and
45 meeting [
47 (B) for an ethics committee of the Legislature that is conducting an open meeting for
48 the purpose of reviewing an ethics complaint, a majority of the members present vote to
49 approve closing the meeting for the purpose of seeking or obtaining legal advice on legal,
50 evidentiary, or procedural matters, or for conducting deliberations to reach a decision on the
51 complaint; or
52 (b) for the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, the closed meeting is
53 convened for the purpose of conducting business relating to the receipt or review of an ethics
54 complaint, provided that public notice of the closed meeting is given under Section 52-4-202 ,
55 with the agenda for the meeting stating that the meeting will be closed for the purpose of
56 "conducting business relating to the receipt or review of ethics complaints".
57 (2) A closed meeting is not allowed unless each matter discussed in the closed meeting
58 is permitted under Section 52-4-205 .
59 (3) An ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, contract, or appointment may not be
60 approved at a closed meeting.
61 (4) The following information shall be publicly announced and entered on the minutes
62 of the open meeting at which the closed meeting was approved:
63 (a) the reason or reasons for holding the closed meeting;
64 (b) the location where the closed meeting will be held; and
65 (c) the vote by name, of each member of the public body, either for or against the
66 motion to hold the closed meeting.
67 (5) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require any meeting to be closed to
68 the public.
69 Section 2. Section 52-4-205 is amended to read:
70 52-4-205. Purposes of closed meetings.
71 (1) A closed meeting described under Section 52-4-204 may only be held for:
72 (a) discussion of the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health
73 of an individual;
74 (b) strategy sessions to discuss collective bargaining;
75 (c) strategy sessions to discuss pending or reasonably imminent litigation;
76 (d) strategy sessions to discuss the purchase, exchange, or lease of real property if
77 public discussion of the transaction would:
78 (i) disclose the appraisal or estimated value of the property under consideration; or
79 (ii) prevent the public body from completing the transaction on the best possible
81 (e) strategy sessions to discuss the sale of real property if:
82 (i) public discussion of the transaction would:
83 (A) disclose the appraisal or estimated value of the property under consideration; or
84 (B) prevent the public body from completing the transaction on the best possible
86 (ii) the public body previously gave public notice that the property would be offered
87 for sale; and
88 (iii) the terms of the sale are publicly disclosed before the public body approves the
90 (f) discussion regarding deployment of security personnel, devices, or systems;
91 (g) investigative proceedings regarding allegations of criminal misconduct; [
92 (h) as relates to the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, conducting business
93 relating to the receipt or review of ethics complaints;
94 (i) as relates to an ethics committee of the Legislature, a purpose permitted under
95 Subsection 52-4-204 (1)(a)(iii)(B); and
97 commercial information as defined in Section 59-1-404 .
98 (2) A public body may not interview a person applying to fill an elected position in a
99 closed meeting.
100 Section 3. Effective date.
101 If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
102 upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
103 Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
104 the date of veto override.
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