Lawmakers Ponder Redefining a Meeting

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would carve out a new exception to the state\’s open meeting law.

\"closedSenate Bill 1148 would \”exempt certain negotiations between the leaders of political parties from being considered a meeting for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act.\”

In essence, the bill would permit leaders of different political parties to negotiate in secret even if they comprise a quorum.

The legislature\’s government administration and elections committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill at 11 a.m. Monday in room 2B of the legislative office building.

Here\’s the language, with the changes proposed in red:

(2) \”Meeting\” means any hearing or other proceeding of a public agency, any convening or assembly of a quorum of a multimember public agency, and any communication by or to a quorum of a multimember public agency, whether in person or by means of electronic equipment, to discuss or act upon a matter over which the public agency has supervision, control, jurisdiction or advisory power. \”Meeting\” does not include…  (E) negotiations between members of different political parties who are in a leadership position, with respect to proposed legislation or a proposed action of the public agency to which such members belong, notwithstanding that such members also constitute a quorum of a public agency;  

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