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