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House Bill 1129


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House Bill 1129

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB1129 (Updated March 27, 2007 3:05 pm - DI 84)

Serial meetings and electronic meetings. Provides that, absent express statutory authorization, a member of the governing body of a public agency who is not physically present at a meeting but communicates with other members of the governing body during the meeting by an electronic means of communication may not participate in a final action taken at the meeting or be considered to be present at the meeting. Allows the board of trustees (and a committee of the board) of a state educational institution, the Ivy Tech board of trustees (and a committee of the board), the board of trustees of Vincennes University (and a committee of the board), the governing body of a joint agency of a municipal utility program, and a board, committee, or commission administered by the Indiana professional licensing agency to conduct meetings by electronic means. Provides, with certain exceptions, that members of the governing body who participate in a series of gatherings either in person or by electronic means (excluding electronic mail) violate the open door law if: (1) one of the gatherings is attended by at least three members but less than a quorum of the members of the governing body and the other gatherings include at least two members of the governing body; (2) the total sum of different members attending all gatherings at least equals a quorum of the governing body; (3) all the gatherings concern the same subject matter and are held within a period of not more than seven days; and (4) the gatherings are held for the purpose of taking official action on public business. Excludes certain gatherings from the definition of "meeting" under the open door law.
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 In Conference Committee
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