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H.F. No. 281 - Modifies Open Meeting Law
Author: Senator John R. Jasinski
Prepared By: Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)
Date: March 25, 2019


Section 1 (13D.02, subd. 1) carves out an exception to the Open Meeting Law requirements when a meeting is conducted by interactive television, specifically the requirement that each location at which a member of the body is present is open and accessible to the public.  The bill allows, up to three times per year, a member of a public body to be exempted from that requirement and participate from a location other than the regular meeting location if: (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 medical reasons.

Section 2 (13D.02, subd. 2) changes “electronic means” to “interactive television” to be consistent with terms in section 1.

Section 3 (13D.02, subd. 6) requires the meeting minutes to name each member participating by interactive television and state the reason why.

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