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Bill Detail: HB20-1308

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Title Nonsubstantive Emails And Open Meetings Law
Status House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
  • State Government
House Sponsors I. Sagiri (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/21/2020
Description

Under current provisions of the Open Meetings Law (OML), if
elected officials use electronic mail to discuss pending legislation or other
public business among themselves, the electronic mail constitutes a

meeting that is subject to the OML's requirements. The bill substitutes the
word exchange for the word use in describing the type of electronic
mail communication that triggers the application of the OML.
The bill clarifies existing statutory provisions to specify that
electronic mail communication between elected officials that does not
relate to the merits or substance of pending legislation or other public
business is not a meeting for OML purposes. Under the bill, the type of
electronic communication that also does not constitute a meeting for
OML purposes includes electronic communication regarding scheduling
and availability as well as electronic communication that is sent by an
elected official for the purpose of forwarding information, responding to
an inquiry from an individual who is not a member of the state or local
public body, or posing a question for later discussion by the public body.

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