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H.B. 111

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:17 PM by jeyring. -->              1     




Chief Sponsor: Craig A. Frank

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends Title 52, Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    amends the definition of public body to include a subset of the public body; and
             13          .    makes technical changes.
             14      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          52-4-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapters 25 and 215
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 52-4-103 is amended to read:
             24           52-4-103. Definitions.
             25          As used in this chapter:
             26          (1) "Anchor location" means the physical location from which:
             27          (a) an electronic meeting originates; or

             28          (b) the participants are connected.
             29          (2) "Convening" means the calling of a meeting of a public body by a person
             30      authorized to do so for the express purpose of discussing or acting upon a subject over which
             31      that public body has jurisdiction or advisory power.
             32          (3) "Electronic meeting" means a public meeting convened or conducted by means of a
             33      conference using electronic communications.
             34          (4) "Electronic message" means a communication transmitted electronically, including:
             35          (a) electronic mail;
             36          (b) instant messaging;
             37          (c) electronic chat;
             38          (d) text messaging as defined in Section 76-4-401 ; or
             39          (e) any other method that conveys a message or facilitates communication
             40      electronically.
             41          (5) (a) "Meeting" means the convening of a public body, with a quorum present,
             42      including a workshop or an executive session whether the meeting is held in person or by
             43      means of electronic communications, for the purpose of discussing, receiving comments from
             44      the public about, or acting upon a matter over which the public body has jurisdiction or
             45      advisory power.
             46          (b) "Meeting" does not mean:
             47          (i) a chance meeting;
             48          (ii) a social meeting;
             49          (iii) the convening of a public body that has both legislative and executive
             50      responsibilities where no public funds are appropriated for expenditure during the time the
             51      public body is convened and:
             52          (A) the public body is convened solely for the discussion or implementation of
             53      administrative or operational matters for which no formal action by the public body is required;
             54      or
             55          (B) the public body is convened solely for the discussion or implementation of
             56      administrative or operational matters that would not come before the public body for
             57      discussion or action; or
             58          (iv) a meeting of the State Tax Commission to consider a confidential tax matter in

             59      accordance with Section 59-1-405 .
             60          (6) "Monitor" means to hear or observe, live, by audio or video equipment, all of the
             61      public statements of each member of the public body who is participating in a meeting.
             62          (7) "Participate" means the ability to communicate with all of the members of a public
             63      body, either verbally or electronically, so that each member of the public body can hear or
             64      observe the communication.
             65          (8) (a) "Public body" means:
             66          (i) any administrative, advisory, executive, or legislative body of the state or its
             67      political subdivisions that:
             68          [(i)] (A) is created by the Utah Constitution, statute, rule, ordinance, or resolution;
             69          [(ii)] (B) consists of two or more persons;
             70          [(iii)] (C) expends, disburses, or is supported in whole or in part by tax revenue; and
             71          [(iv)] (D) is vested with the authority to make decisions regarding the public's
             72      business[.]; and
             73          (ii) two or more persons belonging to a body described in Subsection (8)(a)(i) who are
             74      assigned H. in a meeting .H by the body or a presiding officer of the body to discuss an issue
             74a      about which the body
             75      has authority to make a decision or take action.
             76          (b) "Public body" does not include a:
             77          (i) political party, political group, or political caucus; or
             78          (ii) conference committee, rules committee, or sifting committee of the Legislature.
             79          (9) "Public statement" means a statement made in the ordinary course of business of
             80      the public body with the intent that all other members of the public body receive it.
             81          (10) (a) "Quorum" means a simple majority of the membership of a public body, unless
             82      otherwise defined by applicable law.
             83          (b) "Quorum" does not include a meeting of two elected officials by themselves when
             84      no action, either formal or informal, is taken on a subject over which these elected officials
             85      have advisory power.
             86          (11) "Recording" means an audio, or an audio and video, record of the proceedings of a
             87      meeting that can be used to review the proceedings of the meeting.
             88          (12) "Transmit" means to send, convey, or communicate an electronic message by
             89      electronic means.

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