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HF 653

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 02/18/2013 01:36pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to open meeting law; providing that certain communications on social
media are not meetings under the law; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012,
section 13D.01, subdivision 2.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13D.01, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.


This chapter does not applynew text begin :
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(1) to meetings of the commissioner of corrections;

(2) to a state agency, board, or commission when it is exercising quasi-judicial
functions involving disciplinary proceedings; deleted text begin or
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(3) new text begin to participation in social media forums by a member of a public body otherwise
subject to this chapter, whether or not a quorum of the public body is participating, when
participation is intended to augment traditional communication methods. The social
media forum must be generally open to public participation. Simultaneous or serial
participation by a quorum or more of members of a public body otherwise subject to this
chapter in a forum or section of a forum that the members know is not open to general
public participation is not exempt under this paragraph. Participation in a social media
forum shall not replace any required public meeting or hearing and no vote of any entity
otherwise subject to this section shall be taken by means of a social media forum. "Social
media" means forms of Web-based and mobile technologies for communication, such as
Web sites for social networking and microblogging, through which users participate in
online communities to share information, ideas, messages, and other content; or
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new text begin (4) new text end as otherwise expressly provided by statute.