Jul 6, 2021

The Requirement of In-Person Public Meetings Resumes

Alert | Education Law Alert

As of July 1, 2021, public entities must take care to conduct their public meetings and public business in-person, as was the norm prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While House Bill 404 extended to July 1, 2021, the prior authorization for public officials to conduct public meetings through electronic or virtual means during the COVID-19 pandemic, that authorization was not extended by the recently passed House Bill 110, the state budget bill.

Thus, as of July 1, public meetings must be held in person and a board member can no longer be considered as part of the quorum or vote through virtual or electronic means. There is no prohibition for a board member to attend a regular or special board meeting by telephone or by virtual means to listen and participate in the board’s discussion.

If you would like more information and insight on this matter, please contact one of the listed Roetzel attorneys.

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