PUBLIC MEETING/SIMULTANEOUS COMMUNICATION/W-S.

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House Bill 435 (Local) Filed Thursday, March 21, 2019
AN ACT TO CLARIFY HOW PUBLIC BODIES IN WINSTON-SALEM MAY CONDUCT BUSINESS DURING MEETINGS INVOLVING SIMULTANEOUS COMMUNICATION.
Intro. by Montgomery.

Status: Ref to the Com on State and Local Government, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (Mar 25 2019)
H 435

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 21 2019 - More information

    Applies to Winston-Salem only. 

    Amends GS 143-318.13 by allowing public bodies to conduct official meetings with simultaneous communication only when a member of the public body is unable to physically attend the official meeting due to a medical condition of the member or member's immediate family member. Requires the adoption of rules of procedure governing the conduct of such a meeting before the meeting is conducted and requires that the procedure address at least five specified issues. Counts a member participating from a remote location by simultaneous communication as present for purposes of a quorum, and counts votes made by the member if the specified conditions apply to the official meeting. Requires that if an official meeting is held using simultaneous communication, the public body must provide a location and means for the public to listen to the meeting and requires that the location be specified in the official meeting notice. Makes additional clarifying and conforming changes.

    Amends GS 143-318.10 by defining simultaneous communication as any communication by conference telephone or other electronic means. Makes conforming changes.

    Effective June 1, 2019, and ratifies any vote taken by a public body that included a member voting by simultaneous communication by conference telephone or other electronic means before that date. 


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