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S.F. No. 3114 - Open meeting law: modifying requirements for appearances by interactive television (as amended by SCS3114A-1)
Author: Senator Jerry Newton
Prepared By: Priyanka Premo, Senate Counsel (651/296-3914)
Date: March 16, 2018


S.F. 3114 modifies requirements for interactive appearances by television under Minnesota’s Opening Meeting Law, chapter 13D.

Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law governs meetings of public bodies. Chapter 13D.02 authorizes appearances by interactive television under the following conditions:

  1. All members of the governing body must be able to see and hear each other;
  2. Members of the public who are at the regular meeting location must see and hear all testimony;
  3. At least one member of the governing body is physically present at the regular meeting location; and
  4. Each location where a member is present is open and accessible to the public.

Section 1 amends the fourth requirement by creating two exemptions where the location at which a member is present does not need to be open and accessible to the public: (1) the member is serving in the military and is at a required drill, deployed, or on active duty; or (2) the member’s health care professional has advised against the member appearing in a public place.

Section 2 makes a technical change.

Section 3 requires the minutes of a meeting to include the names of any members appearing by interactive television and state the reason(s).

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