Expands GS 166A-19.24 to authorize public bodies within an emergency area to conduct remote meetings throughout the duration of a municipal or county declaration of emergency under GS 166A-19.22, in addition to declarations under GS 166A-19.20. Establishes a presumption that remote meetings are open to the public if the public body has complied with the statute's requirements. Adds new authority for a public body that has issued notice for an in-person meeting to amend the notice to make the meeting a remote meeting up to six hours before the noticed time for the in-person meeting. Requires the revised notice and the remote meeting to comply with the statute's requirements. Revises the public body's authority to conduct and take action on a public hearing required or authorized by law during a remote meeting to require that the public body for submission of written comments on the subject of the public hearing between publication of any required notice and 24 hours prior to the noticed time for the hearing (was, between publication of any required notice and 24 hours after the public hearing).
Bill S 531 (2021-2022)Summary date: Apr 5 2021 - View summary