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First Substitute H.B. 106
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions of the Open and Public Meetings Act relating to electronic
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; and
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:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 52-4-207, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 45
31 52-4-209, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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) [
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
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) post written notice at the anchor location as required under Section 52-4-207 ;
86 (b) in addition to giving public notice required by Subsection (3)(a), provide:
87 (i) notice of the electronic meeting to the members of the charter school at least 24
88 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 Utility 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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