A proposed expansion to open meeting laws took another step in the legislative process.
The legislation was a reply to concern about government bodies discussing the public’s business via email or other electronic means. SDNA General Manager Dave Bordewyk said the bill provided “better definition of a teleconference” with the inclusion of the Internet. SDNA Lobbyist Justin Smit acknowledged holding a meeting via email or group text would be difficult.
Rep. Brian Gosch, House State Affairs Chariman, noted there’s no clear definition of what constitutes “official business” and believed that could cloud the matter.
Should there be a suspected violation of the proposed law, members of the governing body could send consent for their email or electronic records to be reviewed or a search warrant or subpoena obtained for the investigation.
ASBSD is monitoring the bill, which now moves to the House floor for review.
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