A08155 Summary:

COSPNSRFernandez, Epstein, McDonald, Hevesi, Gottfried, Rosenthal L, Rozic, Dinowitz, O'Donnell, Gonzalez-Rojas, Simon
Amd §§103, 104 & 106, Pub Off L
Relates to videoconferencing at public meetings; requires that the minutes of a public meeting at which videoconferencing is used reflect such fact and the extent of such participation.
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A08155 Actions:

07/07/2021referred to governmental operations
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A08155 Committee Votes:

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A08155 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public officers law, in relation to videoconferenc- ing at public meetings and requiring that the minutes of a public meet- ing at which videoconferencing is used reflect such fact   PURPOSE: To allow public bodies the flexibility of continuing to hold virtual or inperson/virtual hybrid meetings in accordance with the requirements of New York's Open Meetings Law   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill repeals subdivision (c) of Section 103 of the Public Officers Law. Section 2 of the bill amends subdivision 4 of Section 104 of the Public Officers Law to require meetings of public bodies to provide public notice when a meeting is held virtually and to provide public notice identifying physical locations that are open to the public when a meet- ing is inperson/virtual hybrid. Section 3 of the bill amends Section 106 of the Public Officers Law to require the minutes of a meeting subject to the Open Meetings Law to reflect whether the meeting was conducted by electronic means in whole or in part, the type of electronic means used, which members partic- ipated by electronic means, and other pertinent information. Section 4 of the bill is the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Under the New York State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirements of the Open Meetings Law were relaxed to allow meetings to be more easily conducted over virtual platforms like Zoom. Many public bodies, such as New York City Community Boards, found this flexibility to be beneficial to holding meetings that were more easily attended by the public than in-person meetings. Upon the expiration of the State of Emergency on June 24, 2021, public bodies including Community Boards are required to once again comply with the Open Meetings Law statute, which technically requires that any member of a public body who is joining a public meeting via videoconfer- ence must allow the public to attend in-person at the location from which the member of the public body is videoconference. This legislation would make sensible adjustments to the Open Meetings Law that continues to ensure that the public has access to meetings by public bodies, while giving members of public bodies more flexibility to participate in the meetings via videoconferencing and other electronic means from their homes.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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