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HF 2958

2nd Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 04/28/2010 03:23pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; making changes to the Open Meeting Law;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 13D.01, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 6,
by adding a subdivision; 13D.021, subdivision 1; 13D.04, subdivisions 2, 6;
13D.06, by adding a subdivision.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.01, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

In executive branch, local governmentnew text begin; open meetings;
definitions
new text end.

new text begin(a) new text endAll meetingsdeleted text begin, including executive sessions,deleted text endnew text begin of a public bodynew text end must be
open to the publicnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (a) of a state
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) agency,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) board,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) commission, or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) department,
deleted text end

deleted text begin when required or permitted by law to transact public business in a meeting;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) of the governing body of a
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) school district however organized,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) unorganized territory,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) county,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) statutory or home rule charter city,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (5) town, or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) other public body;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) of any
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) committee,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) subcommittee,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) board,
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) department, or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (5) commission,
deleted text end

deleted text begin of a public body; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) of the governing body or a committee of:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) a statewide public pension plan defined in section 356A.01, subdivision 24; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) a local public pension plan governed by section 69.77, sections 69.771 to 69.775,
or chapter 354A, 422A, or 423B.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) "Governmental power" means the power to regulate, license, enact ordinances,
make public policy, or determine the use of public resources or otherwise transact public
business.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Meeting" means a quorum of the members of a public body transacting public
business.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Public body" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) a governmental multimember state, regional, or local appointed or elected body
with governmental powers; a committee, subcommittee, board, commission, or other
subset of the body with governmental powers;
new text end

new text begin (2) a multimember advisory group, however named, established by a body or a
subset of a body described in clause (1) for the purpose of providing the body advice or
recommendations on its exercise of governmental powers on a matter that is or may be
pending before the body or subset of the body. This does not include an advisory group
comprised solely of the body's employees, students, or contractors. "Established" means
the body or subset of the body that (i) provides for the multimember advisory group to be
formed under resolution or ordinance or order and makes the appointments directly, and
(ii) provides any public resources for the group's work;
new text end

new text begin (3) a multimember advisory body established under section 15.014 or other state
law; or
new text end

new text begin (4) the governing body of a statewide public pension plan as defined by section
356A.01, subdivision 24, or the governing body of a local public pension plan under
section 69.77, sections 69.771 to 69.775, or chapter 354A, 422A, or 423B.
new text end

new text begin (e) Meetings of the legislature are governed by section 3.055.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.01, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Subject of and grounds for closed meeting.

Before closing a meeting,
a public body shall state on the record the deleted text beginspecific groundsdeleted text end new text beginlegal basis new text endpermitting the
meeting to be closed and describe the subject to be discussed.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.01, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Votes to be kept in journal.

(a) The votes of the members of the
deleted text begin state agency, board, commission, or department; or of the governing body, committee,
subcommittee, board, department, or commission
deleted text endnew text begin public bodynew text end on an action taken in a
meeting required by this section to be open to the public must be recorded in a journal
kept for that purpose.

(b) The vote of each member must be recorded on each appropriation of money,
except for payments of judgments, claims, and amounts fixed by statute.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.01, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Public copy of members' materials.

(a) In any meeting deleted text beginwhich under
subdivisions 1, 2, 4, and 5, and section 13D.02
deleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end must be open to the public, at least
one new text beginpaper new text endcopy of any printed new text beginor electronic new text endmaterials relating to the agenda items of the
meeting prepared or distributed by or at the direction of the deleted text begingoverningdeleted text end new text beginpublic new text endbody or
its employees and:

(1) distributed at the meeting to all members of the deleted text begingoverningdeleted text endnew text begin publicnew text end body;

(2) distributed before the meeting to all members; or

(3) available in the meeting room to all members;

shall be available in the meeting room for inspection by the public while the deleted text begingoverningdeleted text end
new text begin public new text endbody considers their subject matter.

(b) This subdivision does not apply to materials classified by law as other than
public as defined in chapter 13, or to materials relating to the agenda items of a closed
meeting held in accordance with the procedures in section 13D.03 or other law permitting
the closing of meetings.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Public recording of meetings. new text end

new text begin Open meetings may be recorded and
photographed by members of the public in a manner that is not disruptive and does not
interfere with the meeting as reasonably determined by the public body.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.021, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Conditions.

A meeting governed by this section and section 13D.01deleted text begin,
subdivisions 1, 2, 4, and 5,
deleted text end 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 deleted text begingoverningdeleted text endnew text begin publicnew text end 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 deleted text beginregulardeleted text end meeting location of the body
can hear all discussion and testimony and all votes of the members of the body, unless
attendance at the deleted text beginregulardeleted text end 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 deleted text beginregulardeleted text end 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. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.04, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Special meetings.

(a) For a special meeting, except an emergency meeting
or a special meeting for which a notice requirement is otherwise expressly established
by statute, the public body shall post written notice of the date, time, place, and purpose
of the meeting on the principal bulletin board of the public body, or if the public body
has no principal bulletin board, on the door of its usual meeting room.new text begin If the principal
bulletin board or door of the public body's usual meeting room is not generally accessible
to the public, the public body must post the notice in an area generally accessible for
public viewing.
new text end

(b) The notice shall also be mailed or otherwise delivered to each person who has
filed a written request for notice of special meetings with the public body. This notice
shall be posted and mailed or delivered at least three new text begincalendar new text enddays before the date of the
meeting.

(c) As an alternative to mailing or otherwise delivering notice to persons who have
filed a written request for notice of special meetings, the public body may publish the
notice once, at least three new text begincalendar new text enddays before the meeting, in the official newspaper of
the public body or, if there is none, in a qualified newspaper of general circulation within
the area of the public body's authority.

(d) A person filing a request for notice of special meetings may limit the request to
notification of meetings concerning particular subjects, in which case the public body is
required to send notice to that person only concerning special meetings involving those
subjects.

(e) A public body may establish an expiration date for requests for notices of special
meetings pursuant to this subdivision and require refiling of the request once each year.

(f) Not more than 60 days before the expiration date of a request for notice, the
public body shall send notice of the refiling requirement to each person who filed during
the preceding year.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.04, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

State agencies.

For a meeting of new text begina public body of new text endan agency, board,
commission, or department of the state:

(1) the notice requirements of this section apply only if a statute governing meetings
of deleted text beginthe agency, board, or commissiondeleted text endnew text begin the public bodynew text end does not contain specific reference to
the method of providing notice; and

(2) all provisions of this section relating to publication are satisfied by publication in
the State Registernew text begin and on the agency's Web sitenew text end.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 13D.06, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Advisory groups. new text end

new text begin A person serving on an advisory group, as defined in
section 13D.01, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (2), is not subject to this section.
new text end