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HF 28

as introduced - 91st Legislature, 2020 5th Special Session (2020 - 2020) Posted on 10/12/2020 11:48am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to open meetings; requiring public comments at all open meetings of public
bodies, including those conducted by electronic means; amending Minnesota
Statutes 2018, sections 13D.015, subdivisions 2, 4; 13D.021, subdivisions 1, 3;
35.0661, subdivision 1; 41A.0235; 41B.026; 116L.03, subdivision 8; 116M.15,
subdivision 5; 116U.25; 129C.105; 134.31, subdivision 7; 176.102, subdivision
3c; 248.10; 256.482, subdivision 5b; 256.975, subdivision 2a; 256C.28, subdivision
7; 268A.02, subdivision 3; 326B.32, subdivision 7; 326B.435, subdivision 7;
326B.925, subdivision 7; 462A.041; Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section
13D.02, subdivision 1, as amended; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 13D.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [13D.013] PUBLIC COMMENT REQUIRED.
new text end

new text begin (a) At an open meeting of a public body subject to this chapter, the body must allow a
public comment period to permit members of the public to directly address the body on any
agenda item before or during the body's consideration of that item. A public body is not
required to allow public comment during any closed meeting.
new text end

new text begin (b) A public body may adopt reasonable rules and regulations regarding public comments,
including but not limited to regulations limiting the total amount of time allocated for public
comments on a particular issue or for each individual speaker. A public body may limit the
scope of public comments to the specific agenda item currently before the body.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13D.015, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Conditions.

An entity listed in subdivision 1 may conduct a meeting governed
by this section and section 13D.01, subdivisions 1, 2, 4, and 5, by telephone or other
electronic means so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the entity participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the entity can hear
all discussion and all votes of members of the entity and participate in testimonynew text begin or public
comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the entity is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13D.015, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Monitoring from remote site; costs.

If telephone or another electronic means
is used to conduct a meeting, the entity, to the extent practical, shall allow a person to
monitor the meeting electronically from a remote locationnew text begin as well as participate in testimony
or public comment periods
new text end. The entity may require the person making a connection to pay
for documented marginal costs that the entity incurs as a result of the additional connection.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2019 Supplement, section 13D.02, subdivision 1, as amended
by Laws 2020, chapter 74, article 1, section 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Conditions.

(a) A meeting governed by section 13D.01, subdivisions 1,
2, 4, and 5
, and this section may be conducted by interactive television so long as:

(1) all members of the body participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear and see one another and can hear and see all discussion and testimony presented
at any location at which at least one member is present;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the body can hear
and see all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the bodynew text begin as well as
participate in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the body is physically present at the regular meeting location;

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded; and

(5) each location at which a member of the body is present is open and accessible to the
public.

(b) A meeting satisfies the requirements of paragraph (a), although a member of the
public body participates from a location that is not open or accessible to the public, if the
member has not participated more than three times in a calendar year from a location that
is not open or accessible to the public, and:

(1) the member is serving in the military and is at a required drill, deployed, or on active
duty; or

(2) the member has been advised by a health care professional against being in a public
place for personal or family medical reasons. This clause only applies when a state of
emergency has been declared under section 12.31, and expires 60 days after the removal of
the state of emergency.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13D.021, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Conditions.

A meeting governed by this section and section 13D.01,
subdivisions 1, 2, 4, and 5, may be conducted by telephone or other electronic means so
long as the following conditions are met:

(1) the presiding officer, chief legal counsel, or chief administrative officer for the
affected governing body determines that an in-person meeting or a meeting conducted under
section 13D.02 is not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic or an emergency
declared under chapter 12;

(2) all members of the body participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(3) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the body can hear
all discussion and testimony and all votes of the members of the bodynew text begin as well as participate
in testimony or public comment periods
new text end, unless attendance at the regular meeting location
is not feasible due to the health pandemic or emergency declaration;

(4) at least one member of the body, chief legal counsel, or chief administrative officer
is physically present at the regular meeting location, unless unfeasible due to the health
pandemic or emergency declaration; and

(5) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13D.021, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Monitoring from remote site; costs.

If telephone or another electronic means
is used to conduct a meeting, to the extent practical, the body shall allow a person to monitor
the meeting electronically from a remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public
comment periods
new text end. The body may require the person making a connection to pay for the
documented additional cost that the body incurs as a result of the additional connection.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 35.0661, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Disastrous animal disease outbreaks; declaration of emergency.

(a)
If the board determines that a confirmed case of a disease in this state presents a substantial
and imminent threat to the state's domestic animal population, it shall certify the case to the
governor. After receiving certification from the board, the governor may declare an
emergency under this section for purposes of allowing the board to establish quarantine
zones of control to protect the health of domestic animals from animal diseases of potentially
disastrous proportions. The governor may declare an emergency under this section without
declaring a peacetime emergency under section 12.31. A declaration under this section may
specify that it applies to all or certain units of state or local government, must specify the
time period for which it applies, and must be filed with the secretary of state. This section
is in addition to and does not limit authority granted to the governor or local government
officials by chapter 12 or other law.

(b) The board may meet by electronic means without violating state open meeting laws
for the purpose of declaring that a confirmed case of a disease in this state presents a
substantial and imminent threat to the state's domestic animal population. If the board meets
by electronic means for this purpose, it shall comply with the emergency meeting notice
provisions of section 13D.04, subdivision 3, and, to the fullest extent possible, provide
public and media access to the meetingnew text begin, including the ability to participate in testimony or
public comment periods
new text end.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 41A.0235, is amended to read:


41A.0235 BOARD MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC
MEANS.

(a) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the Minnesota Agricultural and
Economic Development Board may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other
electronic means so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the board, to the
extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The board may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the board
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 41B.026, is amended to read:


41B.026 TELEPHONE OR ELECTRONIC MEETING.

(a) Notwithstanding section 13D.01, the Rural Finance Authority may conduct a meeting
of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following conditions
are met:

(1) all members of the authority participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the authority can
hear all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the authoritynew text begin as well as
participate in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the authority is physically present at the regular meeting
location; and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the authority participating in a meeting by telephone or other
electronic means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum
and participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the authority, to
the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The authority may
require the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the
authority incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the authority shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of
the fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of
the provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116L.03, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Board meetings.

(a) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone
or other electronic means so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
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new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the board, to the
extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The board may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the board
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116M.15, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Board meeting.

(a) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the
Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone
or other electronic means so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the board, to the
extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The board may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the board
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116U.25, is amended to read:


116U.25 EXPLORE MINNESOTA TOURISM COUNCIL.

(a) The director shall be advised by the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council consisting
of up to 28 voting members appointed by the governor for four-year terms, including:

(1) the director of Explore Minnesota Tourism who serves as the chair;

(2) eleven representatives of statewide associations representing bed and breakfast
establishments, golf, festivals and events, counties, convention and visitor bureaus, lodging,
resorts, trails, campgrounds, restaurants, and chambers of commerce;

(3) one representative from each of the tourism marketing regions of the state as
designated by the office;

(4) six representatives of the tourism business representing transportation, retail, travel
agencies, tour operators, travel media, and convention facilities;

(5) one or more ex officio nonvoting members including at least one from the University
of Minnesota Tourism Center;

(6) four legislators, two from each house, one each from the two largest political party
caucuses in each house, appointed according to the rules of the respective houses; and

(7) other persons, if any, as designated from time to time by the governor.

(b) The council shall act to serve the broader interests of tourism in Minnesota by
promoting activities that support, maintain, and expand the state's domestic and international
travel market, thereby generating increased visitor expenditures, tax revenue, and
employment.

(c) Filling of membership vacancies is as provided in section 15.059. The terms of
one-half of the members shall be coterminous with the governor and the terms of the
remaining one-half of the members shall end on the first Monday in January one year after
the terms of the other members. Members may serve until their successors are appointed
and qualify. Members are not compensated. A member may be reappointed.

(d) The council shall meet at least four times per year and at other times determined by
the council.

(e) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the Explore Minnesota Tourism
Council may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so
long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the council participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the council cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the councilnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the council is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(f) Each member of the council participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(g) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the council, to
the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The council may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the council
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(h) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the council shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (g). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 129C.105, is amended to read:


129C.105 BOARD MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC
MEANS.

(a) Notwithstanding section 13D.01 and if complying with section 13D.02 is impractical,
the Board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education may conduct a meeting of its members
by telephone or other electronic means when:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever the members' physical
locations, can hear one another and all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board can hear
all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin as well as participate in
testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the board, to the
extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The board may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the board
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

(e) The board must publish minutes of all meetings on the center's website.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 134.31, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Telephone or electronic meetings.

(a) Notwithstanding section 13D.01, the
Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library may conduct a
meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following
conditions are met:

(1) all members of the committee participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
locations, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the committee can
hear all discussion, testimony, and votes of the members of the committeenew text begin as well as
participate in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the committee is physically present at the regular meeting
location; and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the committee participating in a meeting by telephone or other
electronic means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining quorum
and participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, to the extent
practical, the committee shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a
remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The committee
may require the person making the connection to pay for the documented additional costs
that the committee incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the committee shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 176.102, subdivision 3c, is amended to read:


Subd. 3c.

Rehabilitation review panel meetings.

(a) Except where the rehabilitation
review panel is making a decision in a contested case matter under subdivision 3, 3a, or 3b,
the panel may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so
long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the panel participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the panel cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the panelnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the panel is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the panel participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means are used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the panel, to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the
meeting electronically from a remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public
comment periods
new text end. The panel or the Department of Labor and Industry may require the person
making such a connection to pay for documented costs that the panel or the Department of
Labor and Industry incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means are used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the panel shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and that a
person may monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. The timing and
method of providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 248.10, is amended to read:


248.10 REHABILITATION COUNCIL FOR THE BLIND.

(a) The commissioner shall establish a Rehabilitation Council for the Blind consistent
with the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Public Law 93-112, as amended. Council
members shall be compensated as provided in section 15.059, subdivision 3. The council
shall advise the commissioner about programs of the Division of State Services for the
Blind.

(b) Notwithstanding section 13D.01, the Rehabilitation Council for the Blind may conduct
a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following
conditions are met:

(1) all members of the council participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the council can hear
all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the councilnew text begin as well as participate
in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the council is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(c) Each member of the council participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(d) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the council
to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a
remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The council may
require the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the
council incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(e) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the council shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by electronic means, and of the provisions of
paragraph (d). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256.482, subdivision 5b, is amended to read:


Subd. 5b.

Meetings.

(a) Notwithstanding section 13D.01, the Minnesota State Council
on Disability may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means
so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the council participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the council can hear
all discussion and all votes of members of the council and participate in testimonynew text begin or public
comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the council is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the council participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the council,
to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a
remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The council may
require the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the
council incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the council shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by electronic means, and of the provisions of
paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256.975, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

Electronic meetings.

(a) Notwithstanding section 13D.01, the Minnesota
Board on Aging may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic
means so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board can hear
all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin as well as participate in
testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so that each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the board, to the
extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The board may require
the person making a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the board incurs
as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 256C.28, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Electronic meetings.

(a) The commission is subject to the requirements of
chapter 13D, but may conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic
means so long as the following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the commission participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can communicate with one another and can hear, see, or feel all discussion and
testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the commission can
hear, see, or feel all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the commissionnew text begin
as well as participate in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the commission is physically present at the regular meeting
location; and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so that each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the commission participating in a meeting by telephone or other
electronic means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum
and participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the commission,
to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a
remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The commission
may require the person making a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the
commission incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the commission shall provide notice of the regular meeting location,
of the fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and
of the provisions of paragraph (c).

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 268A.02, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Electronic or telephonic meetings.

(a) Notwithstanding section 13D.01, the
State Rehabilitation Council and the Statewide Independent Living Council may conduct
a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following
conditions are met:

(1) all members of the council participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the council can hear
all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the councilnew text begin as well as participate
in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the council is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the council participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the council, to
the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The council may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the council
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the council shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and of the
provisions of paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by
section 13D.04.

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 326B.32, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Board meetings.

(a) The board shall hold meetings at such times as the board
shall specify. Notice and conduct of all meetings shall be pursuant to chapter 13D and in a
manner as the bylaws may provide.

(b) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the board may conduct a meeting
of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following conditions
are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or emergency
meeting, the board, to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting
electronically from a remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment
periods
new text end. The board may require the person making such a connection to pay for documented
costs that the board incurs as a result of the additional connection.

If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or emergency
meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the fact that some
members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and that a person may
monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. Any person monitoring the
meeting electronically from a remote location may be required to pay documented costs
incurred by the board as a result of the additional connection. The timing and method of
providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 326B.435, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Board meetings.

(a) The board shall hold meetings at such times as the board
shall specify. Notice and conduct of all meetings shall be pursuant to chapter 13D and in
such a manner as the bylaws may provide.

(b) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the board may conduct a meeting
of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following conditions
are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or emergency
meeting, the board, to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting
electronically from a remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment
periods
new text end. The board may require the person making such a connection to pay for documented
costs that the board incurs as a result of the additional connection.

If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or emergency
meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the fact that some
members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and that a person may
monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. Any person monitoring the
meeting electronically from a remote location may be required to pay documented costs
incurred by the board as a result of the additional connection. The timing and method of
providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 326B.925, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Board meetings.

(a) The board shall hold meetings at such times as the board
shall specify. Notice and conduct of all meetings shall be pursuant to chapter 13D, and in
such a manner as the bylaws may provide.

(b) If compliance with section 13D.02 is impractical, the board may conduct a meeting
of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the following conditions
are met:

(1) all members of the board participating in the meeting, wherever their physical location,
can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the board cannew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (i)new text end hear clearly all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the boardnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (ii) participate in testimony or public comment periods;new text end anddeleted text begin,
deleted text end

new text begin (iii)new text end if needed, receive those services required by sections 15.44 and 15.441;

(3) at least one member of the board is physically present at the regular meeting location;
and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

Each member of the board participating in a meeting by telephone or other electronic
means is considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and
participating in all proceedings.

If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or emergency
meeting, the board, to the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting
electronically from a remote locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment
periods
new text end. The board may require the person making such a connection to pay for documented
costs that the board incurs as a result of the additional connection.

If telephone or other electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or emergency
meeting, the board shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the fact that some
members may participate by telephone or other electronic means, and that a person may
monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. Any person monitoring the
meeting electronically from a remote location may be required to pay documented costs
incurred by the board as a result of the additional connection. The timing and method of
providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 462A.041, is amended to read:


462A.041 MEETINGS BY TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS.

(a) Notwithstanding sections 13D.01 and 13D.02, the Housing Finance Agency may
conduct a meeting of its members by telephone or other electronic means so long as the
following conditions are met:

(1) all members of the agency participating in the meeting, wherever their physical
location, can hear one another and can hear all discussion and testimony;

(2) members of the public present at the regular meeting location of the agency can hear
all discussion and testimony and all votes of members of the agencynew text begin as well as participate
in testimony or public comment periods
new text end;

(3) at least one member of the agency, the commissioner, the deputy commissioner, or
an attorney for the agency is physically present at the regular meeting location; and

(4) all votes are conducted by roll call, so each member's vote on each issue can be
identified and recorded.

(b) Each member of the agency participating in a meeting by electronic means is
considered present at the meeting for purposes of determining a quorum and participating
in all proceedings.

(c) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a meeting, the agency to
the extent practical, shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote
locationnew text begin and to participate in testimony or public comment periodsnew text end. The agency may require
the person making such a connection to pay for documented marginal costs that the agency
incurs as a result of the additional connection.

(d) If telephone or another electronic means is used to conduct a regular, special, or
emergency meeting, the agency shall provide notice of the regular meeting location, of the
fact that some members may participate by electronic means, and of the provisions of
paragraph (c). The timing and method of providing notice is governed by section 13D.04.