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H.B. 106 Enrolled

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ELECTRONIC MEETINGS REVISIONS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

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Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions of the Open and Public Meetings Act relating to electronic
             10      meetings.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines terms;
             14          .    establishes a pilot program for charter schools to conduct electronic meetings that:
             15              .    establish time limits on the electronic meeting;
             16              .    prohibit closed meetings;
             17              .    provide a method for public notice and participation; and
             18              .    require new notice to be given each time a topic to be considered at an
             19      electronic meeting has not been listed as an agenda item;
             20          .    establishes reporting requirements to the Public Utilities and Technology Interim
             21      Committee; and
             22          .    makes technical changes.
             23      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          None
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      AMENDS:
             29          52-4-207, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 45


             30      ENACTS:
             31          52-4-209, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 52-4-207 is amended to read:
             35           52-4-207. Electronic meetings -- Authorization -- Requirements.
             36          (1) [A] Except as otherwise provided for a charter school in Section 52-4-209 , a public
             37      body may convene and conduct an electronic meeting in accordance with this section.
             38          (2) (a) A public body may not hold an electronic meeting unless the public body has
             39      adopted a resolution, rule, or ordinance governing the use of electronic meetings.
             40          (b) The resolution, rule, or ordinance may:
             41          (i) prohibit or limit electronic meetings based on budget, public policy, or logistical
             42      considerations;
             43          (ii) require a quorum of the public body to:
             44          (A) be present at a single anchor location for the meeting; and
             45          (B) vote to approve establishment of an electronic meeting in order to include other
             46      members of the public body through an electronic connection;
             47          (iii) require a request for an electronic meeting to be made by a member of a public
             48      body up to three days prior to the meeting to allow for arrangements to be made for the
             49      electronic meeting;
             50          (iv) restrict the number of separate connections for members of the public body that are
             51      allowed for an electronic meeting based on available equipment capability; or
             52          (v) establish other procedures, limitations, or conditions governing electronic meetings
             53      not in conflict with this section.
             54          (3) A public body that convenes or conducts an electronic meeting shall:
             55          (a) give public notice of the meeting:
             56          (i) in accordance with Section 52-4-202 ; and
             57          (ii) post written notice at the anchor location;


             58          (b) in addition to giving public notice required by Subsection (3)(a), provide:
             59          (i) notice of the electronic meeting to the members of the public body at least 24 hours
             60      before the meeting so that they may participate in and be counted as present for all purposes,
             61      including the determination that a quorum is present; and
             62          (ii) a description of how the members will be connected to the electronic meeting;
             63          (c) establish one or more anchor locations for the public meeting, at least one of which
             64      is in the building and political subdivision where the public body would normally meet if they
             65      were not holding an electronic meeting;
             66          (d) provide space and facilities at the anchor location so that interested persons and the
             67      public may attend and monitor the open portions of the meeting; and
             68          (e) if comments from the public will be accepted during the electronic meeting, provide
             69      space and facilities at the anchor location so that interested persons and the public may attend,
             70      monitor, and participate in the open portions of the meeting.
             71          (4) Compliance with the provisions of this section by a public body constitutes full and
             72      complete compliance by the public body with the corresponding provisions of Sections
             73      52-4-201 and 52-4-202 .
             74          Section 2. Section 52-4-209 is enacted to read:
             75          52-4-209. Electronic meetings for charter schools -- Pilot program.
             76          (1) As used in this section, "charter school" means a school created under Title 53A,
             77      Chapter 1a, Part 5, The Utah Charter Schools Act.
             78          (2) The Electronic Meetings for Charter Schools Pilot Program is created to pilot the
             79      development and implementation of electronic meetings for charter schools.
             80          (3) Beginning May 10, 2011, and ending May 8, 2012, a charter school may convene
             81      and conduct an electronic meeting in accordance with this section.
             82          (4) A charter school that conducts an electronic meeting under this section shall:
             83          (a) give public notice of the electronic meeting:
             84          (i) in accordance with Section 52-4-202 ; and
             85          (ii) by posting written notice at the anchor location as required under Section 52-4-207 ;


             86          (b) in addition to giving public notice required by Subsection (4)(a), provide:
             87          (i) notice of the electronic meeting to the members of the charter school board at least
             88      24 hours before the meeting so that they may participate in and be counted as present for all
             89      purposes, including the determination that a quorum is present;
             90          (ii) a description of how the members will be connected to the electronic meeting; and
             91          (iii) a start and end time for the meeting, which shall be no longer than 24 hours; and
             92          (c) provide space, facilities, and technology in the building where the charter school
             93      board would normally meet if they were not holding an electronic meeting so the public may
             94      attend, monitor, and participate in the meeting during regular business hours.
             95          (5) A charter school conducting an electronic meeting under this section may not close
             96      a meeting as otherwise allowed under this part.
             97          (6) Written minutes and a recording shall be kept of an electronic meeting conducted as
             98      required in Section 52-4-203 .
             99          (7) Written minutes are the official record of action taken at an electronic meeting as
             100      required in Section 52-4-203 .
             101          (8) Compliance with the provisions of this section by a charter school constitutes full
             102      and complete compliance by the public body with the corresponding provisions of Sections
             103      52-4-201 and 52-4-202 .
             104          (9) A charter school that conducts an electronic meeting under this section shall report
             105      to the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee by October 1, 2011, as to the
             106      effectiveness of conducting business via electronic meetings under this section.


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