CLOSED SESSION; VET. SERVICES BOARD                                                S.B. 10 (S-1):

                                                                                  SUMMARY OF SUBSTITUTE BILL

                                                                                                         IN COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate Bill 10 (Substitute S-1)

Sponsor:  Senator Lana Theis

Committee:  Families, Seniors, and Veterans

 

Date Completed:  2-3-21

 


CONTENT

 

The bill would amend the Open Meetings Act to allow a county veteran services board to meet in a closed session to interview a veteran or a veteran's spouse or dependent regarding that individual's application for benefits and to discuss that individual's application for benefits, if the applicant requested a closed hearing.

 

The Act allows a public body to meet in a closed session (i.e., a meeting or part of a meeting of a public body that is closed to the public) only for specified purposes, for example, to consider the dismissal, suspension, disciplining, or evaluation of a public officer, employee, or staff member, if requested by that individual. ("Public body" means any State or local legislative or governing body, including a board, commission, committee, subcommittee, authority, or council, that is empowered by State constitution, statute, charter, ordinance, resolution, or rule to exercise governmental or proprietary authority or perform a governmental or proprietary function.)

 

Under the bill, a county veteran services board could meet in a closed session to interview a veteran or his or her spouse or dependent regarding that individual's application for benefits and to discuss that individual's application for benefits, if the applicant requested a closed hearing. The bill specifies that this provision would not apply to a county veteran services board discussing or voting on whether to grant or deny an individual's application for benefits.

 

"County veteran services board" would mean a committee created by a county board of commissioners under Section 1 of Public Act 192 of 1953. Public Act 192 allows a county board of commissioners to create a county department of veterans' affairs and to appoint three to seven veterans to administer the department.

 

MCL 15.268                                                            Legislative Analyst:  Tyler VanHuyse

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

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

 

                                                                                        Fiscal Analyst: Bruce Baker

 

 

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.