Senate File 425 - Introduced SENATE FILE 425 BY COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT (SUCCESSOR TO SSB 1114) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the definition of meeting and public notice 1 requirements under the open meetings law. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1024SV (4) 89 cm/rh
S.F. 425 Section 1. Section 21.2, subsection 2, Code 2021, is amended 1 to read as follows: 2 2. “Meeting” means a gathering in person or by electronic 3 means, formal or informal, of a majority of the members of 4 a governmental body where there is deliberation or action 5 upon any matter within the scope of the governmental body’s 6 policy-making or budgetary duties. Meetings shall not include 7 a gathering of members of a governmental body for purely 8 ministerial or social purposes when there is no discussion of 9 policy or budgetary duties or no intent to avoid the purposes 10 of this chapter . 11 Sec. 2. Section 21.4, subsection 1, paragraph a, Code 2021, 12 is amended to read as follows: 13 a. Except as provided in subsection 3 , a governmental body 14 shall give notice of the time, date, and place of each meeting 15 including a reconvened meeting of the governmental body, and 16 the tentative agenda of the meeting, in a manner reasonably 17 calculated to apprise the public of that information. 18 Reasonable notice shall include advising the news media who 19 have filed a request for notice with the governmental body and 20 posting the notice on a bulletin board , an internet site if 21 available, or other prominent place which is easily accessible 22 to the public and clearly designated for that purpose at the 23 principal office of the body holding the meeting, or if no such 24 office exists, at the building in which the meeting is to be 25 held. 26 Sec. 3. Section 21.4, subsection 2, paragraph a, Code 2021, 27 is amended to read as follows: 28 a. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph “c” , notice 29 conforming with all of the requirements of subsection 1 shall 30 be given at least twenty-four hours prior to the commencement 31 of any meeting of a governmental body , excluding weekend days 32 and paid holidays as specified in section 1C.2, unless for 33 good cause such notice is impossible or impractical, in which 34 case as much notice as is reasonably possible shall be given. 35 -1- LSB 1024SV (4) 89 cm/rh 1/ 2
S.F. 425 For purposes of this subsection, “good cause” shall include a 1 personnel or student matter. 2 EXPLANATION 3 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 4 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 5 This bill relates to the definition of meeting and public 6 notice requirements under the open meetings law (Code chapter 7 21). 8 The bill amends the definition of a meeting that is subject 9 to the requirements of the open meetings law by expanding the 10 definition to include any deliberations or actions (including 11 recommendations) taken by a governmental body as defined in 12 the open meetings law, that are within a governmental body’s 13 budgetary duties. 14 The bill provides that reasonable notice of a meeting shall 15 include providing notice on an internet site if available. 16 The bill excludes weekend days and paid holidays as 17 specified in Code section 1C.2 when determining the 24-hour 18 time period for purposes of public notice under the open 19 meetings law. 20 The bill defines “good cause” to include a personnel or 21 student matter. 22 -2- LSB 1024SV (4) 89 cm/rh 2/ 2