OPEN MEETINGS: VOTING IN PERSON                                                    H.B. 4363 (S-1):

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                      REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Bill 4363 (Substitute S-1 as reported)

Sponsor:  Representative Amanda Price

House Committee:  Oversight

Senate Committee:  Government Operations

 

CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Open Meetings Act to require the physical presence of a member of an elected public body who was voting on a decision of the public body.

 

The Act requires all meetings of a public body to be open to the public. Subject to certain exceptions, all deliberations of a public body constituting a quorum of its members must take place at a meeting open to the public. In addition, all decisions of a public body must be made at a meeting open to the public.

 

Under the bill, a meeting of a public body whose members were elected, including a meeting of an elected governing board of a public institution of higher education, would not be open to the public if a member voted on a decision of the public body without being physically present at the meeting. Any such decision would be void.

 

The bill would take effect on the 91st day after it was enacted.

 

MCL 15.263                                                               Legislative Analyst:  Suzanne Lowe

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.

 

Date Completed:  6-12-14                                                    Fiscal Analyst:  John Maxwell

 

 

 

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.