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                         Laws of Minnesota 1983 

                        CHAPTER 137--H.F.No. 482
           An act relating to open meetings; requiring 
          availability of certain materials; prescribing 
          penalties; amending Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 
          471.705, by adding a subdivision.  
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 471.705, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read:  
    Subd. 1b.  In any meeting which under subdivision 1 must be 
open to the public, at least one copy of any printed materials 
relating to the agenda items of the meeting which are prepared 
or distributed by or at the direction of the governing body or 
its employees and which are:  
    (1) distributed at the meeting to all members of the 
governing 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.  The materials shall be available to the public 
while the governing body considers their subject matter.  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 subdivision 1a or other law 
permitting the closing of meetings.  If a member intentionally 
violates the requirements of this subdivision, that member shall 
be subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $100. 
An action to enforce this penalty may be brought by any person 
in any court of competent jurisdiction where the administrative 
office of the member is located. 
    Approved May 12, 1983